Planet Food York: The Real Junk Food Project is also one of the community food providers still operating in York.
In the last 4 weeks of lock-down we have distributed an average of 50 food bags each Thursday to people in Micklegate which serves in total upwards of 115 adults and children. We are also serving families who choose to collect from Fishergate and Holgate,especially now since Red Tower and YourCafe have closed during the lock-down.
Planet Food was set up by Rosie Baker and Beverley Hadfield with a strong team of volunteers, using ward funding in January 2019 and are now able to employ a kitchen manager, Toby Bach. We set it up to reduce food waste as we use 99% intercepted surplus food destined otherwise for landfill. It was also in response to Micklegate’s lack of a Local Area Coordinator and with input from York Food Poverty Allia nce, whom Rosie used to work for.
Rosie has said ” in recognition of National Volunteer Day on Monday, I sincerely thank every one of out committed volunteers who bring so much and care so much about building community and feeding people. I am privileged to know and work with you all.”