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Horsforth Community Café back in business serving up waste-free meals after Covid closure

Horsforth Community Café is back – providing waste-free meals for the community after being closed for over a year due to Covid-19.

The café was founded in 2016 as part of The Real Junk Food Project – an organisation which aims to redistribute food which would otherwise be thrown away.

During the past year, the café was transformed by volunteers into a food bank to provide food parcels to vulnerable people in Horsforth.

Penny Pinn, head co-ordinator of Horsforth Community Café, said: “Although Horsforth is perceived as a very affluent area, there are pockets of food poverty.”

The food bank shut in June 2020 to allow for the re-opening of the café, but the volunteers have teamed up with an organisation in Kirkstall to create a subsidised shop for those previously reliant on food parcels.

Penny added: “Quite a few of the food parcel customers come to the café now.

“When we re-opened the café in September, all of the customers and volunteers were so pleased.”

The café is open every Monday from 10am to 2pm in St Margaret’s Parish Centre.

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