Café Abundance is part of the ‘The Real Junk Food Project’ and is a non-for-profit organisation that collects food from local supermarkets that would otherwise be thrown out and uses it to create healthy nutritious meals in their Pop-Up Cafés around the Liskeard, Torpoint and Rame areas. Café Abundance is about reducing food waste, caring for the environment and building communities and friendships. The Pop-Up cafés are on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ basis and a frequent feature of the café is an abundance of left over food displayed and beautifully named ‘food boutique table’ which everyone is welcome to take home, again on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ basis.

I visited the café in Liskeard at St. Martins Church with some friends and work colleagues and was delighted to find that if we wanted we could have a three-course meal and the menu was varied, nutritious, delicious and interesting. I dined on a Veggie Platter consisting of, homemade mushroom pate, homemade humus, american coleslaw, olives, yogurt and sourdough bread. The meal was surprisingly substantial but still left room for some afters of a simple but delicious dish of orange segments in caramel sauce. There were also surplus amounts of teas and coffees with water jugs on each table. The café was hosted by some wonderful and dedicated volunteers who went out of their way to make you feel comfortable and looked after. The atmosphere was warm and friendly and diners were busy chatting away to their fellow diners producing a spirit of togetherness and harmony.

Whilst the Café Abundance provides a regular fantastic service they are still in need of valuable volunteers so if you are interested or would like to find out more please visit their face book page at: