And we're not just talking about lilted cabbage here. We're talking unopened, high-quality meats and fish, too. When restaurants (especially those that don't want to serve dishes made from ingredients that have been frozen) over purchase, this happens every day.
The cafe receives about 350 customers each week. Those who can pay for their meals with cash do. Those who don't have the money might instead pay by donating their time to the Real Food Project. Others still just come in for the free food and leave. No matter what, though, you won't ever be turned away.
...Because nobody should have to spend the night hungry. As Adam'swebsiteputs it, "We don't just feed `homeless people', `the needy', nor do we just feed asylum seekers, refugees, or whoever. We feedeveryone."
Of course, by working this way, Adam has come up against his fair share of criticism. Many people don't trust food that has been discarded by someone else. To that, he has this to say: "We have fed 10,000 with this food and not one has got ill."
And now that they've gotten off the ground, Adam and his band of volunteers have taken their operation on the road and entered the world of catering, too. And that's not all. Several more pay-as-you-feel cafes have opened in other countries, including in France, Germany and Australia.
Together, he and his co-director Sam Joseph have estimated that they've fed over 10,000 people using 20 tons of food that would have otherwise just gone to waste.
"You can't change the world," Adam told a writer for the website BusinessDIY, "If you set out with the idea of changing the world you'll fail. It's too big, it won't work. Change your home town. That's what you need to do, that's what I learned. Make a change in your home town and watch it spread."