£100 raised for The Real Junk Food Project Leicester

Posted by chj6 at Jun 12, 2017 11:04 AM |
Last Monday students and staff raised a brilliant £100 for The Real Junk Food Project Leicester, at the Sustainability Festival and FJB cake sale.
  • Live music
  • Plant Sale
  • Help the Hedgehogs
  • 1st Place Cake Winner
  • Music
  • Mobile
  • Cake-Off Judges
  • Food
  • Wastecycle
  • Hair feathers
  • Award Ceremony
  • Herbal medicine
  • Guitar
  • Hedgehogs
  • Donation














In spite of a location change due to weather, the festival was a great success. In addition to sustainable food provided by TRJFP, other activities included student sustainability projects - a plant sale by Hungry for Change, cakes by Help the Hedgehogs SEED project and plant-your-own herbs by the Herbal Medicine SEED project.

The student-led Art Society ran a card-making activity, LetsDo Leicester provided ping pong and other mini-games, and Wastecycle offered recycling advice and freebies.

The Real Junk Food Project Leicester, are one project in a global network of cafes, whom are on an environmental mission to combat the huge problem of food waste. The local volunteer-ran project, based in Westcotes, takes edible food destined to landfill and turns it into meals to feed the community, on an inclusive pay-as-you-feel basis.

Musical entertainment created a lively atmosphere, featuring the talents of Students' Union staff members Jack Britton, Dan Schofield, Harriett Smailes, and House of Verse Joe Doyle and Oscar Prince.

Donations were raised through a Wildlife raffle, cake sale, hair feathers and make-your-own natural beauty products. All of these activities were ran by student and staff volunteers.

Fielding Johnson Cake Sale

The Fielding Johnson Building raised £40 of the grand total with a cake sale on the day.

Food waste is a relatively unspoken environmental and ethical problem in our society, with 10 million tonnes of food wasted in the UK each year (£17 billion, 20 million t GHGs) ~ WRAP. Meanwhile, since 2012 the number of food banks operating in Leicester has more than doubled. Thirty-one food banks are currently operating in our city ~ Leicester Child Poverty Commission, 2015.

The Cake-off 2017 winners were also decided by the three judges, Dr Sandra Lee (last year's winner), Bobby from TRJFP and Jane Dawson, award-winning UoL Pastry Chef. Final year student Karolina won first place with her Chocoholics' Strawberry Dream Cake, with Iain and Claire from Marketing and Student Recruitment scooping up 2nd and 3rd prize. Congratulations! All prizes were food-waste reduction themed, to help them use up leftovers in the kitchen.

1st Place2nd Place3rd Place

Student volunteers, who have made a variety of contributions to the sustainability of the University this academic year, were recognised with an award ceremony at the end of the afternoon.


Thank you to all student and staff volunteers for a brilliant afternoon, and to the Students' Union for collaborating with us!