What we do

The Real Junk Food Project Central was incorporated in August 2017 in response to a growing need to address food insecurity in the West Midlands. We believe that access to good quality, nutritious and healthy food is a basic human necessity, and we want to bring communities together through the sharing of food.

We intercept food destined for waste from supermarkets, restaurants and the catering industry, and make it available for human consumption. Operating a chain of community cafes and food boutiques throughout Birmingham and the Black Country, every we do is on a "Pay As You Feel" basis. You are welcome to pay for your food with your time, cash, skills, or imagination!

At The Real Junk Food Project Central, everyone is welcome and no one is ever turned away.

What we believe

Our operations are guided by our belief in bottom-up community development, Pay As You Feel and "Everyone is Welcome". We incorporate these values into everything we do, including the financial management, leadership and developing new community services. Our volunteers promote our values through engaging with local communities to identify needs. We also believe that transparency in our operations, management and decision-making is essential in supporting local communities. You can read about our Board of Directors below.

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Simon Edge

Simon is a social entrepreneur from London. After moving to Birmingham and realising the extent of food insecurity and food waste, he became heavily involved with the food waste movement in the West Midlands. Simon is responsible for financial and logistical leadership of the company.

 

A member of Roundtable and Rotary Club International, Simon has substantial experience in leading community organisations. In his spare time Simon enjoys football, skiing and outdoor pursuits. Simon is a paid employee of The Real Junk Food Project Central.

Jake Sallaway-Costello

Jake is a psychologist from the East Midlands. He became involved in food activism through his doctoral research. Jake's research interests lie in dietary health in the Anthropocene, focusing on meat consumption. He is responsible for the social and legal leadership of the company.

 

Jake is a keen americanist and makes regular visits to the United States to engage in cultural exchange. He enjoys vegan cookery, skiing and spending time with his Staffordshire Bull Terriers.

Jake is not a paid employee of The Real Junk Food Project Central.

How we do it

Our Company Policy informs our volunteers, customers and partners of what they can expect from The Real Junk Food Project Central, how we make responsible decisions, respond to challenges and uphold our values. Please contact us for further information about compliance.