A popular café, where people pay what they can afford, is reopening in Kendal on the first Saturday in March (5th), April (2nd) and May (7th).

Good food from local supermarkets, shops and bakeries, which would otherwise go to waste, is turned into nourishing meals for everyone to enjoy.

It is served up between midday and 2pm at the People’s Café in the South Lakes Foyer – between Kendal’s bus station and the Job Centre.

Kendal’s People Café, is a ‘Waste to Wellbeing’ volunteer-led, social project at the heart of Kendal’s Food Community. Organised by a charity, South Lakes Action on Climate Change (SLACC), it runs alongside two other food share initiatives. A lunch club for older people and a community pantry.

When the café was forced to close because of the pandemic, food was still getting to those in need. Weekly pantry food shares were set up and lunches were delivered, twice a month, to older people through the Kendal Integrated Community Care team.

As the café reopens, Jane Hodgson says:

“We’ll be getting creative with all sorts delicious ingredients that would otherwise be wasted. Our friendly volunteers will be serving up hearty soups, tasty wraps or sandwiches followed by crumbles, sponge puddings or cake.”

Adding, “it’s so great to be back. We’re really looking forward to seeing customers old and new.”

People can find out more, and offer to help, with all three initiatives by visiting @kendalpeoplescafe on Facebook or by emailing slacc@slacc.org.co.uk

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