Successful first lunch at Second Helpings food waste cafe

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Almost 400kg of food that would otherwise have gone to landfill was served to hungry customers at the launch of a new cafe.

Second Helpings opened its doors for the first time at Trinity Methodist Church in Barn Hill, Stamford, on October 3.

Run by volunteers, the cafe aims to make use of food that would otherwise be thrown away by shops, restaurants and individuals.

The team has been busy collecting food from various sources around the town and came up with a varied menu for the cafe’s first sitting. People were invited to pay what they felt the meal was worth, or whatever they could afford.

Plenty of people turned up and 380kg of food was served.

George Hetherington, who came up with the idea after seeing the success of The Real Junk Food Project, set up in Leeds by chef Adam Smith last year, was delighted.

He said: “We had excellent comments about the quality of the food that went out. It was a good, strong menu.”

Among the meals on offer were barbecue chicken, vegetarian chilli, jam sponge and tomato tarts.

Money raised is currently covering startup costs but will eventually be donated to charity.

Second Helpings is open from midday to 3pm every Saturday.