Tackling food waste; promoting community spirit

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Here you can find out about all the latest yourcafe news and events. If you are interested in being a guest writer then please let us know!

That’s TV Visit

That’s TV visited yourcafe in February 2020 and produced this awesome video.  That’s worth taking a look...

UK Food Waste Statistics

The latest numbers reveal that in the UK we throw away around 10.2 million tonnes of food and drinks every year.  Up to 40% of misshapen, blemished, discoloured or ‘odd’ sized fruit and vegetables are dumped before even leaving the farm.  On top of that there is food...


Striving to combat food waste is just one way we can help the environment and the earth’s resources but another way is to avoid one use items. This is why we are very  pleased to have liaised with York based, “ i am reusable” to be able provide some wonderful, strong,...

DIY Dinners

Do you have a simple recipe for a favourite family meal ? If so, please share it. We want to offer DIY dinners to take home and cook each week. This will include recipe, ingredients and cooking equipment as required. We have a number of slow cookers to distribute and...

Burton Green School

Starting this term, yourcafe is partnering with Rethink Food to deliver an educational programme at Burton Green School. We have agreed to supply the school with fruit and vegetables from our food collections, alongside a few treats as well. Rethink Food will be...

yourcafe has a new website!

Welcome to our new yourcafe website, we hope you like it and we look forward to hearing your feedback!

A big thank you

Over the summer yourcafe on tour meant that Luke’s Larder was based at St. Thomas’ Church in Lowther Street, in The Groves where we also collaborated with Snappy (young people with special needs) and Door 84 youth club who are also keen to tackle food waste with us....

Meet some of our team…



yourcafe volunteer

Kath heads up the cafe team. Volunteering at yourcafe since its launch in 2015, she has seen it grow and develop and she continues to find it  inspiring that yourcafe goes on addressing  the issue of waste in very practical ways whilst at the same time providing an opportunity for the community to meet, eat and get together in a relaxed  atmosphere which people really value. It’s great to see.


yourcafe volunteer

Andrew works full-time at the University of York and is passionate about anything to do with food! He is particularly concerned about levels of food wastage and has been collecting from Tesco at Clifton Moor for the last few years. Andrew started volunteering at the very first yourcafe working front of house serving our customers with delicious food.  He says, “it is great that yourcafe is able to work with local businesses to raise their awareness and reduce their food waste, whilst at the same time providing a community cafe and much more, bringing people together in a safe environment where they can eat and celebrate the value of food!”

yourcafe during lockdown

yourcafe continues to tackle food waste by distributing food parcels to vulnerable community members

Working together with other community groups we want to try and meet needs as they arise.

If you live in York and realise that another community member would benefit from support, please put them in touch with yourcafe.  Wherever possible we will endeavour to help.

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



yourcafe volunteer

Rachel was chosen to be one of the Community Cooks trained by Tesco with Jamie Oliver in February 2020. Rachel began cooking at yourcafe when she retired from her busy job as branch manager of two doctors surgeries.

She says that “ I love the pressure of getting a meal ready for sometimes more than 40 people by 12.30pm without knowing what the ingredients will be, before I get there. It reminds me of the programme Ready, Steady, Cook. I’ve always loved cooking for others and it’s really satisfying on a personal level to cook for others.

I’m proud to be part of such a worthwhile cause.