Cambrian News photographer - From left: Charlene Crampin, volunteer at St Paul’s; Richard Haskell; Ruth Flatman, St Paul’s church bookings secretary; Eve Denyer, volunteer at St Paul’s; and Heather McClure

A PAY-AS-YOU-FEEL café in Aberystwyth where customers pay what they want to for the food is to stay open after a successful trial.

The Cambrian News reported “The vegetarian café, which makes use of surplus food from Tesco and Morrisons supermarkets, has been open for business on Thursday lunchtimes at St Paul’s Methodist Church in Bath Street for three months.

The volunteer-run café has proved so popular, with more than 30 people now turning up for lunch, that the joint project between the church and Aber Food Surplus will continue this year.

Launched with the help of a grant from Aberystwyth Town Council, the ethos of the café is to provide a friendly, welcoming place to eat for everybody, while reducing waste by making delicious food from vegetables that are perfectly good to eat, but would otherwise have been thrown away.

“The café has no fixed prices, but is run on a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ basis,” said bookings secretary Ruth Flatman.

“Those who can’t afford to buy a cooked meal out can pay less, while those who can are able to pay more to cover the costs.

“A further major aspect of the initiative is to focus on giving the surplus food a new value, by encouraging people to consider the time taken collecting and preparing the food, cooking costs, and the overall social experience.

“Customers can enjoy a cooked meal, using fresh ingredients, while knowing that they are reducing food waste and also supporting the environment. Take-away is an option, and customers are invited to bring their own take-away container if they wish, to further reduce waste.”

A small team of volunteers works hard to provide a delicious meal and welcoming environment for all.

The centre is open from 11am and cooked food is served between 12pm and 1.30pm” here.

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