Honey and soy-smoked mackerel salad with pink grapefruit and lungfish caviar sounds like an expensive dish that you’d order at a top restaurant in the big city, right? Thanks to one amazing idea — that might make you cringe at first — some homeless people were able to afford that meal from a cafe.
All of the ingredients that were used to create that delicious grub were originally “junk/waste food” a.k.a. they were going to be thrown in the garbage before a man named Adam Smith came to the rescue.
Smith is the founder of a charitable movement called “The Real Junk Food Project” which aims to save soon-to-be waste food produce and make other meals out of them.
Now, don’t worry. Smith and his buddies aren’t digging through the garbage for salvageable produce. According to the BBC, they work with local businesses and take in edible food that’s past its expiration date, incorrectly labelled food, or food that would otherwise be thrown out.
This movement already sounds pretty cool, but he took it one step further by opening up a cafe called Pay As You Feel where his customers can eat his specialized meals and, you guessed it, pay as they feel. Money, time or service are welcome forms of currency.
Smith started intercepting food back in 2013 and he plans on expanding this project throughout the U.K. and hopefully the world.