Community cafes serve up something different
20:36 25 October 2010
TWO new community cafes have spiced up menus serving supermarket leftovers and locally grown fruit and vegetables to visitors.
Newly opened Station House Community Cafe in the Old Station House, at the corner of Stapleton Hall Road and Ferme Park Road in Stroud Green, uses surplus food from national retailers such as Budgens, Marks and Spencer and Sainsburys, to provide healthy meals once a week.
The trailblazing project is run by charity FoodCycle which aims to reduce food poverty and stop supermarket waste.
Voluteers do all the catering in the formerly idle kitchen space and it is open every Friday from 12noon to 2.30pm.
Across the borough, a community gardening and floristry project at Wood Green Youth Centre has branched out to grow organic produce for a Community Cafe which opened last month at the centre in the New River Sports Complex in White Hart Lane, Wood Green.
Teenagers began making flower arrangements two years ago and set up a small garden where they have grown tomotoes, potatoes and much more.
Councillor Lorna Reith, Haringey Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This is an excellent example of a project for young people that is now benefitting the whole community.”