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GREAT NEWS: Random Café in Garston supported by Mayor’s Small Grants Fund

 Published on: 22nd June 2021   |   By: Amneet Kaur   |   Category: Uncategorized

A community hub based in Garston has been awarded a Small Grant Fund by the Elected Mayor of Watford.

Mayor Peter Taylor, as part of the council’s ambitious goal to make the borough carbon neutral by 2030, awarded Random Café over £1870 from his Small Grants Fund. 

In July 2019, Watford Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency and set out the commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of the borough. 

The community hub, based in the Meriden Gardens is a pop-up cafe helping Watford reduce the amount of food wasted in the town.

They use food donated by local supermarkets and cafes that would usually go to landfill for a variety of reasons including damaged packaging, over ordering, end of a promotion and past its best before date.

They supply hot fresh meals, snacks, and hot drinks to those in need in the local community, helping to ensure that nobody goes hungry.

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor said: “A key part of the Sustainability Action Plan and becoming carbon neutral by 2030 looks at people power – harnessing the energy and drive of residents to make changes on a local level. 

“Nothing captures this more than the work of Random Café, who are dedicated to saving food waste and bringing essential items to those in need. 

“Not only that, they also use electric vehicles to transport their food which further helps the environment. I’m really happy that the funding will go towards keeping the van operational, so they can continue to support people across the borough.”

Jane Johnson, founder of the Random Café said: “This is such an exciting project with a strong focus on sustainability as well as offering something truly needed in the area with the pay as you can ethos in the pop-up shop and future café. 

“I’m so thankful for the support of the Mayor’s Small Grants Fund to keep the electric van operational, so we can continue to do our vital work”.

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