Tackling food waste; promoting community spirit

yourcafe continues to tackle food waste by sharing food with the local community



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Margaret Hattam and Margaret Hogg were inspired to start yourcafe in April 2015. 

“We decided to set up yourcafe as we were both concerned about the issue of food waste in York and wanted to do something to reduce it,” says Margaret. “We also wanted a project that would benefit the local community. For us, it’s about both tackling food waste and promoting community spirit.”

In March 2020, yourcafe planted a tree to celebrate five years

tree planting

We are glad that the first five years were marked in this way as our other community celebrations were cancelled due to the coronavirus.  Although, we are unable to make long-term plans, we remain committed to ensuring that good food is eaten rather than wasted.  We want to make a difference in the local community and so Luke’s Larder will be open as a socially distanced drop in throughout the summer.

Luke's Larder


Yourcafe volunteers continue to collect surplus food from local businesses and supermarkets such as M&S and the Co-op.  This food is being distributed through Luke’s Larder on Tuesdays.  In order for this project to be safe for both volunteers and customers we kindly ask that social distancing is respected at all times and that a face covering is worn where possible.



In addition to Luke’s Larder which is open to all, we are assembling food hampers containing store cupboard essentials for vulnerable families.  We have arranged to receive food from FareShare and will also purchase additional groceries to provide an appropriate selection of food.  These hampers are free of charge and will be distributed by key workers from the local area teams.  If you would like to contribute financially to the #CanCook project, each £20 means that another family will receive a hamper.  Another way to contribute is to donate a hamper containing non-perishable items. 


Tang Hall Community Centre
Fifth Avenue
York YO31 0UG

Social distancing guidelines mean that community gatherings will not be possible over the summer months of 2020

Luke’s Larder

St Luke’s Church Hall
Shipton Street
Burton Stone Lane

Tuesdays from 28th July to August 25th (1&2pm) as a socially distanced drop in which anyone needing food can access.

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During this time of change and social distancing, we are not recruiting new volunteers to support the existing projects.  Our need is for fresh vision to direct the project as it adapts to the new normal.  The existing team of directors will be stepping down soon and we are looking for volunteers who would like to direct yourcafe beyond 2020.

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Tonnes of waste food saved to date


Meals cooked