At St Mary’s, the café is a hub for people from all walks of life to sit and eat together.
Volunteers at the Timebuilders project work together to cook up healthy, affordable meals for local people If you’ve earned a pocketful of timecredits, you can exchange one for a main meal and a drink with your fellow volunteers (find out more about Timebuilders here: http://timebuilders.wordpress.com).
Much of the delicious food provided in our café comes from Fare Share, an organisation that aims to tackle the twin problems of food poverty and food waste.
- 5.8 million people in the UK live in ‘deep poverty’, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food.
- At the same time, 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food and drink industry.
They estimate that 10% of this is surplus and fit for consumption, enough food for 800 million meals. As a busy community centre in the heart of the city, we’re well placed to provide people with an opportunity to benefit from Fare Share.
As well as doing our bit to upcycle waste food, we supplement our supplies with produce from the growing hub, carefully cultivated by the ‘Speak and Grow’ global gardening group. Often the vegetables, fruit and herbs in your meal were harvested just a couple of hours before being served.
St Mary’s Café operates on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 11.30-2.00pm.
Main meals are £2.50/1 timecredit
Soft drinks, coffee and snacks are also served.