We are a global, organic network of Pay As You Feel concepts. We divert surplus edible food destined for waste and make it accessible for human consumption.
What do we do?
We are a revolutionary concept designed to challenge and highlight the issues of food waste while creating inclusive environments where everyone is welcome. Consisting of cafés, outside catering, events, Sharehouse’s and Fuel For School, we use the Pay As You Feel Concept to utilise surplus food, educate the general public and campaign against global issues that food waste creates.
We intercept surplus food from a wide range of places including supermarkets, restaurants, wholesalers, food banks, food photographers and using common sense and decades of experience make a judgment on whether the food is fit for human consumption.
To learn more about ‘pay as you feel’ and what the Real Junk Food Project aims to do, watch our video below.
Why do we do this?
Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted – Sources: Global Food Losses and Food Waste – FAO, 2011
The environmental crisis: The environment’s role in averting future food crisis – UNEP, 2009
Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That’s about one in nine people on earth –Sources: State of Food Insecurity in the World, FAO, 2015
We believe it is a human right to have access to food and the scale and senselessness of food waste has to stop, and it needs to happen in our lifetime, to ensure the next generation do not suffer from our ignorance.
Board of Trustees
The Real Junk Food Project Charitable Foundation is a new organisation. The board of trustees brings together a range of knowledge and experience that we are confident will allow us to support TRJFP in their aims, and to develop campaigning and educational materials to reduce food waste.
Jonathan is an entrepreneur best known for founding Straightplc, the UK’s leading supplier of waste and recycling containers. 10 years after founding the business it was floated on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market. He exited the business after leading it for 21 years.
Jonathan is currently a director of water saving NGO Waterwise, social enterprise The Street Lane Bakery, contemporary art gallery and learning space The Tetley, social care charity LJWB and his own charitable vehicle, The Straight Charitable Trust. He is an Enterprise Ambassador for the Leeds University Business School and is engaged as a consultant to Approved Food, a Sheffield-based food redistribution business. He is also involved with several start-ups, including solid-state photonic cooling business Inclusive Designs Limited.
Aside from his business career, Jonathan is an exhibited photographer and a regular presenter on local television.
Duncan qualified as a solicitor with one of the top London law practices in 1996. He moved to Yorkshire in 2000 and has been a director with Lupton Fawcett Denison Till since 2008 where he currently heads the Charities & Social Enterprise Group. He has advised charities and more recently social enterprises on a variety of legal issues throughout his career, including issues around structure, governance and risk issues.
Duncan has been a trustee of a number of charities and director of several social enterprises and was a founding director of Shipley Food Project in 2014 which forms part of the The Real Junk Food Project network.
Mike Robinson is a marketing and PR professional with over 20 years of working with private and public sector clients. I He has a passion for creating and being involved with projects that have a direct aim of addressing local community issues as well as working with a number of local charities. As well as Trustee of The Real Junk Food Project Mike is also Chair of Trustees for Health For All and a Governor of two schools.
Husband and father of two children, he is motivated by championing and challenging empowerment, attitude & behavioural change.
Nathan is Headteacher at Richmond Hill Primary School in Leeds. The school’s ethos, “Richmond Hill Ready” ensures that children are ready to learn. In achieving this Nathan has developed an innovative way to provide children and families with access to food throughout the year and provide all 630 pupils with access to a free breakfast each day. Nathan’s work around food and nutrition has been recognised in many ways, most notably as a top 50 finalist in the 2017 Global Teacher Award. The Fuel for School project has been featured across a wide range of media including; Jamie and Jummy’s Friday Night Feast, Observer Food Monthly, BBC Breakfast, ITV Good Morning Britain will feature in the May Edition of BBC Good Food magazine.
Adam Smith is a founder and co-director of the visionary, multi-award-winning, global initiative: The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP). Set up in December 2013, to revolutionise the disposal of avoidable food waste into landfill, the pioneering movement’s manifesto is to: feed bellies, not bins.
A professional chef for over ten years, Adam has held a wealth of head chef positions, internationally. Whilst in Australia, Adam witnessed the scale of food waste, agriculturally and within the catering industry. Upon his return to the UK, he was inspired to set up TRJFP.
Adam and TRJFP have received numerous plaudits and awards from organisations ranging from NESTA to The Observer. In 2014, Adam was voted one of the forty most influential men in the world by AskMen.
Adam was a featured speaker on the TedX broadcast from Warwick University on February 28th 2015.
TRJFP Charitable Foundation Reg. No. 1160107
“Let’s REALLY feed the world”