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Rafi's Reduces Waste

Rafi's Reduces Waste

At Rafi’s Spicebox we are passionate about more than simply the taste of our food!

We care deeply about the ethics of our business too; with new initiatives such as #PlasticFreeFriday, all our sites are part of the Refill scheme (an app that allows users to find places to refill their water bottles for free), phasing out plastic bags and replacing them with paper ones as well as using eco-friendly cleaning products.

We are striving to reduce our impact on the environment and ultimately, towards a sustainable waste policy. Although these things take time, every little step is one in the right direction. In this post, we'd like to share with you some of the ways in which our York store is helping our local community to reduce waste.

For the last few years, we have been donating as much of our damaged, out of date or unused food waste to a local organisation, Food Not Bombs: a collection of volunteers who prepare and serve vegan and vegetarian food - for free - in St Helen's Square on Friday's and Sunday's. Without their selflessness, many low-income and homeless residents of York would not only go without food but also be without the warmth of community spirit and care. This is an invaluable resource for the local community and we are honoured to help, even in the smallest ways.

We have recently started donating to a local charity, York Nurturing Community (YNC) which is run by local residents who are passionate about the York community. YNC relies upon food donation from businesses such as ourselves and Tesco’s, to name a few. Their most recent outlet is YNC Kitchen in Spark, a community retail space on Picadilly in York.

As with Food Not Bombs, YNC’s menu changes regularly depending on the food they receive, but they will normally have a range of soups, curries and toasties available, with options for vegans, vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Plus, they run an excellent scheme called Pay As You Feel, which allows patrons on a limited budget to make a donation in place of payment and their Pay It Forward model allows those of us with a bit of spare cash to pay for meals, beverages, or items that can be claimed by anyone in need.

We at Rafi’s are proud to be able to help organisations such as Food Not Bombs and YNC Kitchen. We remain committed to developing a sustainable waste policy and supporting ideas and initiatives that help our communities.

Food Not Bombs can be found through Facebook or can be contacted at fnbyork@gmail.com. They are in St Helen’s Square Friday 8-10pm and Sunday 6-8pm. They are always looking for donations and volunteers so there are plenty of ways to get involved.

YNC Kitchen is open:

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 21:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

They can be contacted through their webpage: https://www.ync.org.uk/contact-us