More about the Lancaster People’s Cafe

Lancaster People’s Cafe has now served delicious and nutritious food in a variety of settings from a place of worship, to a pubs, to community centres and a converted mill. The food has been cooked by volunteers and served to, well, everyone who turned up. And people did turn up, sometimes they came because they knew the food was intercepted and was being saved from the ever-growing blight of landfill, sometimes they came because they knew that there would be a vegan and a gluten free option as standard, some people came because they like really good food and they knew that there would be plenty of that. We have trial a Pay as You Feel Shop, hosted a Clothes Swap and raised funds for City of Sanctuary and the wonderful Marsh Community Centre.The promise that children would be welcomed, catered for and appreciated brought some people and the Pay as You Feel ethos attracted others. We have learned something from every cafe and we loved them all.

We are often asked some great questions at the cafes, here are some frequently asked questions:

What happens to the money put in the boxes?
The food is intercepted not free, we have to pay Fare Share for our order because they have costs too. We also have to pay for fuel to collect the food, training for our volunteers, equipment and additional ingredients to improve the (often basic) intercepted ingredients. All our staff are volunteers but we still have costs.

What does Pay as You Feel mean?
It means that everyone is included and no one can’t eat because of money. Our collection boxes ask people with money worries not to pay. We mean that.Communities feed everyone and everyone is welcome. We equally ask people who can afford it to donate what they would normally spend in a cafe for their meal. If members of our cafe community can afford more then that is welcome too. We are a community and every single person who comes to eat with us is equal.

Can I volunteer?
Yes, we will take you exactly as you are right now, give you training if you need it, feed you, appreciate you and welcome your input. We welcome all ages, backgrounds,and abilities. Whoever you are we can use you and you have something to offer. There’s more background on our Volunteer page, or get in touch.

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