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UK's All-Salvaged-Food Restaurant in Danger of Closing

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They need to raise $158,000 to forge (and forage) on.

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The United Kingdom's Real Junk Food Project, a group that serves nothing but salvaged food waste on its restaurant and cafe menus, will close its flagship location if it doesn't raise £100,000 (or $158,000 USD) to purchase a space. In an Indiegogo plea, cafe owner Adam Smith, who doles out meals at the cafe on a pay-what-you-can basis, writes that the space housing the Leeds cafe is current up for sale, and that he's unable to obtain a mortgage from a bank. "Despite our attempts at building an alternative economy not financially focused, we have found ourselves in a position where we need investors."

Just as at its pop-up Bristol Skipchen, which brought the project to a more high-profile audience, the Leeds cafe serves surplus food collected from grocery stores and restaurants that "would otherwise [have] been headed for a landfill." Smith claims the Leeds cafe has "diverted more than 20,000 kilograms (44,000 pounds) of edible food to 10,000 individuals" since its inception in late 2013. The Real Junk Food Project must hit its fundraising goal by January 1, 2015 to continue.

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