With Love From TRJFP Brum

Heart showing food and an information blackboard at a boutique stall

Happy Valentines Day from all the volunteers at TRJFP Brum!

Heart showing a sample Pay As You Feel menu on a blackboard

2019 was another super year for the project.

Thank you for your support, however large or small, we couldn’t do this without people like you!

If you’d like to hear more about what our wonderful volunteers got up to last year – read on!

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Last year we increased the volume of food rescued by 46%.

We collected from 75 different suppliers on 825 occasions.

We received a total of 503,192 kilos of donated goods, which works out at around 9.5 tonnes every week.

Heart showing people eating at a Pay As You Feel cafe

With all these amazing donations, we served 9558 meals at 318 events, at 50 different locations, cooked with 8079 kitchen volunteer hours.

We were runners up in the Observer Best Ethical Food Project category for the second year running.

Heart showing a healthy, colourful meal being cooked

Our wonderful volunteers fed, entertained, exercised, and educated 49 children from 22 families over the summer through the Happy Healthy Holidays scheme.

We catered two Junk Food Weddings, supported Bearwood and Kings Heath Action For Refugees, The Big Feed and a number of other charitable and worthy causes across the region.

Heart showing a volunteer riding a cargo trike

We got two new cargo trikes to transport and deliver food with zero emissions. Our volunteers have already pedalled them 300 miles, saving approximately 70kg in carbon emissions!

Our van racked up 12,500 miles (there are some journeys and loads a cargo bike can’t manage!)

Heart showing a volunteer at a boutique stall

We distributed 2438 Freegan Boxes!

Any food we couldn’t use because it was unfit for human consumption, not stored properly before donating, or in open/damaged packaging was taken to animal sanctuaries or composted.

Heart showing a blackboard advertising Root Veg and Nettle Soup

We welcomed volunteers from the Environment Agency, M&S, Sainsbury’s and The Heart of Birmingham Vocational College.

Several of our volunteers moved into paid jobs – well done to them!

And we upgraded Bob’s blender, so he can more easily make the soup he loves to cook for people.

If you want to download a copy of our ‘Digest’ listing some of last year’s achievements, you can do so here:

Thanks for being involved, and here’s to a productive 2020 Feeding Bellies Not Bins!


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