A new cafe has opened in Lincoln which uses unwanted supermarket food and turns it into its meals. Mint Lane Cafe, which opened on Friday 9 June, uses food from supermarkets which is too old to sell but not past its use by date. It offers a two course meal for £2.50 or a three course meal for £3.
Linda Scrutton and Jan Goff came up with the idea of the Mint Lane cafe to help battle food waste, bring the community together and to educate people on food.
The cafe is based within the Involve Centre on Mint Lane in Lincoln. They work together with Charles Cooke, who runs the Involve Centre, as he wanted to get more people into the wellbeing centre.
The cafe works together with SuperKitchen and Fareshare to help tackle food waste and to provide wholesome inexpensive meals to the public.
Linda said: “There are three main aims of the cafe, the first one is to get more people into the centre. The centre provides help for all sorts of issues, such as mental health.
“We really want the cafe to act as somewhere that people can go to socialise and really get everyone interacting with each other.
“Another major thing we are wanting to tackle is food waste. As we are working with Superkitchen and FareShare we want to tackle food wastage. So we are going to local food stores, such as Tesco Express and getting any left over food from the previous day.
“We went the other day and came back with two trays full of bread and pastries and big punnets of strawberries and raspberries.
“Lastly the cafe also helps to educate people on healthier food options. We are helping to show people just what they can make with their leftovers.”
Linda and Jan are also hoping to incorporate Revival, a craft club that used to be on Sincil Street, in the centre. Providing creative and craft workshops.
Linda added: “I think the whole idea is wonderful, and I really want the cafe to organically grow from now on.”
The cafe is currently ran entirely by volunteers and are seeking further assistance from the local community. It currently has eight core volunteers but they are on the look out for more people to help out, especially chefs and cooks.