The vegan only ‘pay as you feel’ restaurant in Leeds aims to raise awareness of child hunger during the school holidays
The Light has teamed up with Fuel For School, an exciting initiative which aims to educate on child hunger and food waste, to launch Old School Junk – a pop-up bistro and Sharehouse.
A renovated unit located in the courtyard of The Light, will be home to the vegan restaurant until Saturday 2nd September, where guests can expect to enjoy mouth-watering food made by a trained chefs, with food which would have normally gone to waste.
With a ‘pay as you feel’ approach the restaurant looks to become the world’s first vegan ‘pay as you feel’ eatery, which also consists of food intended for waste.
The project also aims to provide an alternative space for families to spend quality time together and enjoy themselves, offering themed days such as Board Games, Circus Skills and Colouring. Families can also pick up a healthy picnic and children can come along and learn some kitchen skills.
The pop-up will feature different themed areas such as Geography, History, Art and Maths, as well as a full staff team of children – looking to give empowerment to children and enhance their skills, whilst being supervised.
Gemma Chidgey, Deputy Centre Manager, said: “Old School Junk is an extremely exciting project and something we are all proud of and passionate about.
“Research shows that during the school holidays up to three million children will go hungry as they rely on school meals to feed and nourish them. This project looks to raise awareness of this and food waste, creating a space for children to eat and enjoy time with family and friends.”
Old School Junk will be open six days a week, 10am until 4pm Monday to Saturday.
Nathan Atkinson, from Fuel For School, said: “It is great to gain support from The Light on a project like this. Together we have created an amazing space as we aim to be a world’s first vegan ‘pay as you feel’ restaurant.
“We are looking forward to seeing the success of the pop-up and for guests to enjoy amazing food which would have normally gone to waste.”
Themes for each day are:
Monday: Board Games
Tuesday: Circus Skills
Wednesday: Crafty Kids
Thursday: Board Games
Saturday: Market Day