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Food waste cafe in Chesterfield secures grant to host monthly meals in North Derbyshire

They put on their first event last night at Loundsley Green Community Centre.

People across Derbyshire came together last night for The Great Get-Together (an event in memory of Jo Cox MP), and to celebrate the first ever meal of the Chesterfield Waste Not Cafe. The cafe, which hopes to run monthly affordable vegetarian and vegan meals made using surplus food from supermarkets, was held at Loundsley Green Community Centre and attendees have spoken highly of the project.

The aims of the project are to form links between food waste (food being thrown away), and food poverty (people not affording to eat) by donating profits at the end of the year to local foodbanks.

Founder and chair of project, Greg Hewitt of Tapton, Chesterfield said: "I was nervous before the meal, however the volunteers who have helped to make this project happen have been incredible and this resulted in a delicious vegetarian and vegan meal. I am so happy that everybody enjoyed the meal!"

Comments from the meal attendees included: "Loved every dish, an absolutely amazing meal, hats off to all involved, I will be coming back every time!"

And "Fabulous. An amazing idea and thank you so much to everyone who made it happen. Good food and an opportunity to meet new people who could become friends."

The project has since been awarded funding from Chesterfield's Health & Wellbeing Small Grants scheme, which will fund a year's worth of produce from Fareshare East Midlands. A date to officially launch the monthly meals will be announced soon. Anyone interested can follow the project on Facebook at https://facebook.com/WasteNotCafeChesterfield.

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