Over the two years that Random Café has been up and running we have saved over 30 tonnes of food from going to landfill. Yes, 30 tonnes!! That has saved over 57,000 kilos of CO2 entering the environment. Every kilo of food we save and redistribute helps reduce CO2 building up. We are in a time of a climate change emergency and Random Café is saving as much food as it can redistribute each week. They money donated goes towards the running of our pop up café, running our fully electric van to collect the food, hiring the venues to put on events and pop up cafes and it’s not enough. We need to save more food and by doing that we are helping save the planet 🌍
“When we waste food, we also waste all the energy and water it takes to grow, harvest, transport, and package it. And if food goes to the landfill and rots, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas even more potent than carbon dioxide. About 11% of all the greenhouse gas emissions that come from the food system could be reduced if we stop wasting food. In the US alone, the production of lost or wasted food generates the equivalent of 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gas emissions.” Worldwildlife.org
By preventing food waste we are using the most effective way to shrink its impact on the planet. If we avoid producing food that we don’t eat, we can save the land, water, and energy that would have been used to make it.
At Random Café we are committed to doing as much as we can to to reduce the impact we are having on the planet 🌍 We cannot do this on our own. Become a Friend of Random Café click here…
There is no Café at The Meriden Community Centre this Saturday (9th November). We will still be running a café at the Kings Langley Sci-Fi Palooza. A great event to come and buy that geeky someone an out of this world Christmas present. Random Café will be there with soft drinks, tea, coffee, pizza, soup and a lot of cakes. Entry £3 for Adults and free for children under 12.
We need your help! We have been offered a shop for 9 months, which would mean we could run Random Café on a full time basis. 6 days a week!!
The premises does need some work. So with a little help and some hard work we would be able to save more food from being thrown into landfill and we would be able to bring affordable food to so many more people. Too many people in the UK are unable to feed themselves a nutritious meal – as a – pay as you feel – cafe we are making food accessible to everyone. The more hours we are open the more food we can rescue. A full time premises will also mean we could have a full time mini market.
Food is the most incredible resource we must treasure, and we want to empower everyone to use it in the best way possible!
We cannot fulfill this dream without help. We need money, skills and people (and quite a bit of elbow grease!) Without this help we cannot make use of this great resource.
If you are, or know someone who is, an electrician, plumber, carpenter or fitter, we need you!
If you have a company that could donate materials or cupboards, tables etc. we need you!
Do you know of a restaurant or café that is being refurbished and throwing away furnishings? We need to hear from you!
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We are committed to:
● Educational work with schools and local groups ● Increasing the volume of food we intercept ● Supporting our community partners ● Creating opportunities for businesses, local people and organisations ● Increasing our outside catering events
Since we started, we have:
● Rescued and redistributed 29 tonnes of food to our local communities ● Fed over 1400 people in our weekly cafes ● Catered a wedding for 125 guests, an offical opening, an 80 th birthday, a working lunch, a volunteers’ afternoon tea, a canal boat trip and an afternoon tea in Watford museum. ● Established a core team of nine and over 20 regular volunteers.
We need your help to raise £10000 to secure and refurbish the building and provide a premises to teach, feed and grow. Our work over the last two years shows we have gone from strength to strength and we now want to take the next step.
£10000 would allow us to clean and clear the site, bringing it up to environmental health standards. We could then fit a full time kitchen to supply a full time cafe. It would enable us to employ part time staff and run our van full time. We can then campaign for a more sustainable Watford and a brighter future.
Why is it needed?
Food waste is a global issue that needs direct and urgent action. One third of all food is wasted globally. In the UK, 2015 WRAP figures show the average family threw away approx. £470 of edible food every year. Random Café intercepts, stores and redistributes a small amount of this food. With a full time cafe we can connect with other towns and cities and intercept so much more.
All food we intercept cannot be resold for logistical, stock management or other reasons but is still fit for consumption and is handled safely and professionally by our team.
With this project we could rescue food and redistribute to schools (which have limited catering budgets), community centres, cafes, individuals, and event catering.
Your support is absolutely vital to get this project off the ground. So whether it’s time, money or skills, we really do need you.
Please support us with a pledge, and be a part of the next phase of our plans to REALLY feed the world!
We are rather excited at Random Café. We have been nominated for an Audentior Award!!
“The 2019 Audentior Awards recognise and celebrate the commitment, hard work and achievements of local people and organisations who are actively making Watford a better place to live and work in.”
There are 8 categories: Carer of the year, Charity worker of the year, Public service award, Pride in Watford, Young achiever of the year, Contribution to sport and healthy living, Chairman’s culture award and the Mayor’s award.
Random Café have been nominated for the Pride in Watford category. We won’t find out until October if we’ve won so watch this space! We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who nominated us and who have supported Random Café since it’s launch two years ago.
If you would like to know more about the awards and the other finalist click here Audentior Awards