Surplus food is used to help fund homeless charity

Ali Haider Stalks and Stems supports The Real Junk Food Project
Ali Haider Stalks and Stems supports The Real Junk Food Project

A novel method of using surplus supermarket food destined for landfill is key to the success of The Real Junk Food Project in Glasgow.

The group, whose catchphrase is - “feed bellies not bins” - intercepts food waste to serve at pre-arranged pop-up cafes.

Glasgow latest will be taking place at Finn’s Place (Langside Parish Church, 167 Leddard Road) on Saturday, January 16.

The dinner, made from surplus food from supermarkets and local suppliers that otherwise would have gone to waste, will be served at 6pm.

The event is staged with those dining simply paying what they feel the meal is worth to them with donations going to Positive Action in Housing - a Glasgow based charity addressing homelessness and housing issues and providing shelter for destitute refugees.

Booking is essential - those interested should email: or visit

Laura Wells, founder of the group said: “I have been overwhelmed with the support I have received since starting up the Junk Food Project in Glasgow. We don’t just feed ‘homeless people’, ‘the needy’, nor do we just feed asylum seekers, refugees.

“We feed everyone. In order for us to prove the value and safety of food waste, we couldn’t just feed specific demographics of people. We believe food waste is absolutely fit for human consumption and so that’s who we feed – human beings.”