Child Hunger Awareness

The ‘pay as you feel’ restaurant raised awareness of child hunger during the school holidays

The Light recently teamed up with Fuel For School, an exciting initiative that aims to educate on child hunger and food waste, which saw the launch of Old School Junk – a pop-up restaurant.

A renovated unit became home to the vegan restaurant for a five-week programme, where guests enjoyed mouth-watering food made by professional chefs, with ingredients that would have normally gone to waste.

Over 665 meals were prepared and enjoyed at the Old School Junk pop-up. 61 child volunteers took part in total and spent time learning about food produce in an environment created for family and friends to come together and have fun. During the five weeks, 27 tonnes of food was saved from landfill, weighing more

than two London double-decker buses. The pop-up also featured different themed supervised areas such as Geography, History, Art and Maths. Which gave empowerment to children and enhanced their skills.

Gemma Chidgey, Deputy Centre Manager, said: “Old School Junk was an extremely exciting project and something we are all very proud of and passionate about. “The amount of food we saved during the five weeks really highlights the need to support and raise awareness of Fuel For School. We look forward to working with them during Leeds Freshers Week and hopefully again in the future.” Nathan, part of the Fuel For School team, said: “On behalf of everyone at The Real Junk Food Project we would like to thank The Light for the opportunity and support given to us through out the Old School Junk project. “The outcomes have been amazing and we have received extremely positive feedback from people who attended. We’re looking forward to working with The Light again on other exciting projects as we continue with our aim of preventing child hunger and food waste.”

The Light and Fuel For School will be working together again on the 23rd September as they offer drop-in cookery classes and complimentary veg packs for students. For further information visit:

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