The Riverhouse Barn Community Café (open 10am to 4pm) is run as a not-for-profit enterprise by a team of volunteers and staff, who create beautiful dishes using surplus food.
We aim towards sustainability but also know that we are learning all the time.
Food waste is a massive problem! If food waste was a country it would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases; if it was a landmass it would take up 28% of the world’s land – a country the size of China! (UN stats)
Furthermore, the food sector is responsible for 30% of the world’s total energy consumption.
Buying food from us helps us reduce the impact of the food industry. We thank M&S and other local businesses for their donations, and we are glad to save this perfectly good food from being wasted and going to landfill.
Usually we work with other local charities and community groups, such as Elmbridge Community Link, the Counselling Partnership, Home Start, Cancer Research UK, Meet Up Mondays, Elmbridge Rentstart, Foodbank, and many others, to create a café where the priority is not only the menu, but also the company!
If you have a group that would like to meet in the café, let us know – whether it’s for knitting, stitching, sketching, playing board games, or even learning a language, we would like to hear from you, so please contact us here: firstname.lastname@example.org