Random Café in Watford, which recently won an Audentior Award, is looking to open a shop six-days-a-week to continue its selfless work – but it needs the community’s backing to get up and running.
The Random Café, which has previously been a pop-up charity, takes food that would simply be thrown away due to damaged packaging, over ordering, label changes, end of a promotion or past its best before date, and turns it into goods for the community to enjoy.
The café had a fantastic October – it won the Pride in Watford category of Watford Borough Council’s Audentior Awards and accepted an offer to run the café in their own shop in Vicarage Road.
While the new premises is now available, the charity doesn’t have all the resources it needs to run the café six days a week yet.
A café spokesperson said: “With a little help and some hard work we would be able to save more food from being thrown into landfill and we would be able to bring affordable food to so many more people. Too many people in the UK are unable to feed themselves a nutritious meal – as a pay as you feel cafe we are making food accessible to everyone.
“The more hours we are open, the more food we can rescue. A full time premises will also mean we could have a full time mini market. Food is the most incredible resource we must treasure, and we want to empower everyone to use it in the best way possible.
“We cannot fulfil this dream without help. We need money, skills and people. If you are, or know someone who is, an electrician, plumber, carpenter or fitter, we need you. If you have a company that could donate materials or cupboards, tables etc. we need you. Do you know of a restaurant or café that is being refurbished and throwing away furnishings? We need to hear from you.”