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The Real Junk Food Project

The Real Junk Food Project is a pioneering movement with an overarching aim of putting itself out of existence by abolishing avoidable food waste. It is a rapidly growing organic movement of 100% food surplus Pay As You Feel cafés.

The concept was the original idea of Adam Smith a chef from Yorkshire who became preoccupied with the growing problem of wasted food after spending a year working on farms in Australia. Adam returned to Leeds and connected with Sam Joseph and Conor Walsh, two University students who had been exposed to supermarket waste for years, together their passion, energy and dedication created the first PAYF café in Armley, Leeds in December 2013.

It has sparked the creation of a national organic network of similar cafés totalling over 40 that serve 100% food surplus on a strictly Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis. Over the past 12 months the projects have intercepted close to 50 tonnes of food and fed thousands of people. This is a collaborative effort to bring about a radical change in our food system.

The Real Junk Food Project