The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield is planning to expand following the success of its pay-as-you feel food recycling store, cafes and schools programme. The Burngreave-based social enterprise has launched a crowdfunding drive under the banner ‘Food Works Not Food Waste’. It is seeking to raise funds for a warehouse to preserve, store and cook food as well as expanding its educational activities. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to founder and director Jo Herceberg and project volunteer Boo Spurgeon.
Two Sheffield churches have come together to offer food bank support to those who may fall short during the switch over to the Universal Credit system. Universal Credit is currently being rolled out to benefit claimants across Sheffield. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sam Evans, director of social action with Forge Youth and Chris Hardy, manager of Sheffield 6 Food Bank.
A team of chefs from Sheffield’s four-star Copthorne Hotel have been preparing hot meals for a local charity which supports homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded adults. Chefs from the 1855 Restaurant provided lunches for St Wilfrid’s Centre, Queen’s Road while the charity’s own chef was on holiday. Menus included steak, ale pie and plaice goujons with chips and mushy peas. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Carnival is set to return for the first time since the 1980s with a colourful parade which will take place at the Norfolk Heritage Park. The carnival, with costumes, music, food and cultural activities will run alongside Sheffield Fayre as a free, family friendly event. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed joined the preparations at Weston Park Museum.
The Sheffield-based Children’s Food Trust charity, which promotes healthy eating for children, is set to close by the end of September after failing to secure new funding. The organisation, launched ten years ago, employs 47 people including 31 from Sheffield, all expected to lose their jobs. The charity created the Let’s Get Cooking network and has supported schools in England to get ready for universal free school meals. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Cat lovers will soon be able to walk into a coffee shop and enjoy a cuppa in the company of their furry friends. Tabby Teas cat cafe is set to open on Cemetery Road, Sharrow and aims to give a home to cats from animal rescue charities such as the Mill House Animal Sanctuary. The cat cafe concept originates from China and Japan where it has been popular with cat lovers who live in properties where animals are not allowed. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sharrow Festival brought people together for another day of celebration with music, games, street art, food, campaign stalls and more. The popular community festival has been running for nearly 20 years and is known for its diversity of cultures and participation. Abdul Basith reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s Real Junk Food Project is set to expand its network with a new pay-as-you-feel cafe opening in Upperthorpe. The pioneering food waste project sources food from supermarkets and other suppliers that remains unsold and makes it available for human consumption. Sheffield Live! reporter spoke to project director, Josephine Hercberg.
Kitchen Nightmares star and restaurateur Justin Rowntree reunited with his former nemesis Gordon Ramsay this week on ITV’s The Nightly Show. Rowntree was the boss of Sheffield’s Runaway Girl restaurant and jazz club when Ramsay visited in 2011 to give it the full Kitchen Nightmares treatment. Whilst Rowntree clashed with the celebrity chef he ultimately took on board his advice, relaunched the restaurant as Silversmiths, won a host of awards and has never looked back. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
The national charity, Food Cycle, have launched a new hub in Sharrow at the Cemetery Road Baptist Church with over 100 people attending the launch event. The Food Cycle Hubs, of which this will be the third in Sheffield, aim to reduce social isolation by providing a nutritious meal created from food surplus and prepared by volunteers. Every Wednesday volunteers serve a three course lunch and bring people together from the surrounding community around a freshly-cooked meal. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Graham Duncan, organiser of the Food Cycle initiative in Sheffield.