Mayor to open a community cafe which will help fight food poverty

Community Cafe SUS-171206-125857001
Community Cafe SUS-171206-125857001

Hastings Mayor Cllr Judy Rogers will launch the new community café at Ore Community Centre with a grand opening party on Tuesday June 20.

The cafe is a joint venture by Hastings based charity, Education Futures Trust and Ore Community Centre.

The opening event will run from 10.30am with all local residents and businesses invited along.

Tesco Extra have generously donated items for the launch including a healthy eating hamper, which will be raffled, and free goody bags for children.

Free face painting will also be on offer to all children attending, along with tasty treats from the kitchen which will showcase the café menu.

Our Café @Ore was set up to provide affordable, healthy, home cooked meals for those on low incomes.

Working with volunteers and young people as trainees, the aim of the cafe is to bring people together, alleviate food poverty, avoid food waste and provide work experience to those in the local community.

FareShare products and ingredients provided by local supermarkets enable costs to be kept low allowing customers to pay less for their meals.

The Education Futures Trust is also providing free meals to those identified as in need.

FareShare save good food destined for waste and send it to charities and community groups who transform it into nutritious meals for vulnerable people. The food redistributed is fresh, quality and in date surplus from the food industry.

Ore Community Centre Trustee Lord Brett McLean said: ‘The Community Cafe is a great idea and will be an amazing community service as it offers education and training for the next generation of hospitality employee’s whilst providing an excellent meal provision service based on nutrition and cost effective to those on a low income.

In addition to the Cafe, the CommuniTea project which operates at the Ore Community Centre on Monday and Friday weekly from noon to 5pm offering children and adults a selection of services from arts and crafts to workshop and DIY services or simply a cup of tea.

Our Café @Ore is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 2.30pm at Ore Community Centre, 455 Old London Road.

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