Residents help to raise over Â£45,000 to combat Sheffield'sÂ food waste
The director of a campaign which aims toÂ stamp outÂ foodÂ wasteÂ in Sheffield said she is '˜stunned' that people helped to raise almostÂ Â£7,000 towards the cause in one day.
The Real JunkÂ FoodÂ Project Sheffield had hoped to raise Â£50,000, and although the final total fell just short atÂ Â£45,911, Jo Hercberg said she was '˜delighted' that people dig deep and helped to raise nearly Â£7,000 in the final hours of the campaign.
Jo said: 'We're absolutely stunned and delighted with the total raised. On Christmas Eve the whole team were crossing everything in the hope we'd reach the target.
'The amount of support we had in those final hours was mind blowing. We did fall short of the target but to receive over 90 per centÂ so close to Christmas really did beat expectations.
'We've taken a bit of time since to work out a spending plan. Whilst Â£45k is a lot of money, it can soon be eaten up in securing a permanent lease on a premises.
'Our first step is to secure the lease and undertake surveys which we envisage will take two to threeÂ months. Once we know where we are,Â we can look at the kitchen and chilling facilities
'During this time we'll be undertaking a full professional re-brand too so there will be lots happening behind the scenes.'
Food Works is the new name for The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, who save over sixÂ tonnes of food per week from being wasted.
The project will undergo a full re-brand in the coming months to embrace their new identity and there will also be an interim changeover will begin this month.
The team will also continue with theÂ workÂ they already do at The Real JunkÂ FoodÂ Project Sheffield, running two pay-as-you-feel cafÃ©s, catering weddings and events, education programmes and the Sharehouse Market at Burngreave under a new, shorter name with a much bigger mission.
Ayone wanting to get involved with the project can do so by volunteering. Full details are available on the website at www.realjunkfoodsheffield.com.
You can also still contribute to the campaign.Â The fullÂ details are available at www.realjunkfoodsheffield.com/crowdfunder.
You can also support the campaign by buying items from the cafes, atÂ Citrus CafÃ©,Â Zest Centre, Upperthorpe, orÂ Steeple Corner CafÃ©, Victoria Centre, Â Norfolk Park.