Urgent plea for volunteers to help Wakefield’s The Real Junk Food Project’s campaign during coronavirus crisis

Wakefield’s The Real Junk Food Project (TRJFP) is mobilising TRJFP’s network in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford and Calderdale to provide food to all who need it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 1:32 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 1:32 pm

The charity will be working alongside Wakefield Street Kitchen, Bear Kitchen, Wakefield Elim Community Church and St Catherine’s Food Bank to distribute food to anyone who may need it.

Adam Smith, founder of TRJFP, said: “Let’s get one thing clear - there is no shortage of food. There are lots of wholesalers with large quantities of food for the catering industry that we can collect, divide and distribute to those who need it.

“We can also deliver food to those who are able to pay for the food, in order to fund it for those who can’t. We are looking for volunteers to help us with this vital work.”

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Adam Smith is urging the community to volunteer to help those in need.

A combination of Pay as You Feel donations to the Kindness Sharehouse Wakefield, and selling Freegan boxes of mixed goods prcd at £5 and £10 , TRJFP plan to raise enough money to pay for food.

Collection points will be set up in Wakefield, Leeds and Bradford for NHS workers to collect boxes of food with 60 NHS workers already collecting their boxes from the city.

“This is different to our usual work where we intercept perfectly edible food destined for landfill and use it to feed bellies not bins.

"Our donations have dried up so we will need to buy food from wholesalers to make this work.” Adam said.

The charity will be mass catering with the food they receive while working alongside restaurants and businesses to set up hubs for the effort.

Volunteers will be cooking and freezing meals that can be distributed to those who need them, including those in isolation.

The pre-cooked meals will be included in isolation packs along with essential items including fruit and veg.

“I just want to say that we are here for everybody. Please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] if you have food donations or access to space like warehouses, kitchens or vehicles that you would allow us to use in these difficult times.”

A GoFundMe page has been created with all donations to support the campaign welcome. To make a donation visit here.To register to become a volunteer or for further information on the Freegan box or Isolation box visit their page here.