South Shields cafe Sea Change launches new menu of food saved from landfill

A South Shields cafe has launched a new menu of dishes made from food that would have been thrown away.

Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 6:05 am

The Sea Change cafe on Ocean Road has announced the launch of a new initiative creating affordable and environmentally friendly dishes from food saved from landfill.

Now their staff will be turning good food that supermarkets would have otherwise wasted, into delicious dishes, made fresh for South Shields residents.

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Sea Change workers Jonny Callender (left) and Andrew Auty receiving a Fareshare delivery.

According to 2019 figures, every year £20 billion worth of food is wasted in the UK, causing as much damage to the planet as plastic waste.

Sea Change has partnered with Fareshare North East to intercept some of this fresh and in date food to save it from ending up in landfill.

Based in Newcastle, Fareshare provides perfectly good surplus food to local community groups across the North East.

These organisations help distribute food to those who would either have an absence of food or a poor diet due to low income or circumstances.

Each week a new menu will be shaped using the surplus food delivered from companies such as Sainsbury’s and Morrisons, all at an affordable price for customers.

Staff have already served up dishes including smoked salmon fishcakes and butternut squash gratin.

Cafe supervisor, Eilidh Skinner, said: “When food is thrown away, it is not only the food that is wasted but the energy that has gone into making, processing and transporting it.

“We are really excited about launching this menu as we can provide our local community with very affordable healthy food whilst reducing the impact we have on the environment.”

And so far the new menu is going down a treat with diners.

She added: “This week we have been able to serve smoked salmon fishcakes, celeriac soup and butternut squash gratin and they have all gone down a storm.

“We hope we will continue to offer many options for all tastes and needs.”

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