Food waste venture opens its doors to Berwick customers

Northern Soul Kitchen is opening its doors this week and inviting the whole community to come and have a look.

Thursday, 21st June 2018, 9:28 am
Updated Friday, 22nd June 2018, 10:23 am
Harriet Grecian and Millie Stanford of Northern Soul Kitchen.

The project on West Street, Berwick, will be serving ‘upcycled’ food that otherwise would have been heading to landfill.

The team collects unsold, surplus food from local supermarkets, shops and suppliers and turns it into tasty meals.

The food is then sold on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis, meaning everyone has access.

The team behind the project is delighted to open the doors after first developing the idea two-and-a-half years ago, having seen the original Real Junk Food Project in Leeds.

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“It’s been a long journey but we are over the moon to finally be able to welcome people in,” said co-director Harriet Grecian.

“We have been overwhelmed by the support, especially in these final few months, to get the space into shape and can’t thank our team of volunteers enough.”

The old Tweed Televisions shop has undergone extensive renovations, helped along with funding and grants from UnLtd and local businesses.

The work has been carried out by local tradesmen, many of whom gave their time for free.

“There have been so many brilliant people who have given their time and expertise,” said co-director Millie Stanford. “They have really gone above and beyond anything we could have hoped for.”

As well as serving meals Wednesday to Sunday, the Northern Soul Kitchen will also be holding workshops for people who want to learn more about avoiding food waste and how to eat healthily on a budget.

The team want to hear from community groups about ideas on how they can work together to get as many people as possible involved in the food waste fight!