We did it
On 10th January 2020 we successfully raised £10,972 with 194 supporters in 28 days

We're opening a Pay What You Can Cafe in Galashiels using unsold supermarket produce, reducing the gap between food poverty and food waste.

by Cafe ReCharge surplus food cafe in Galashiels, Scotland, United Kingdom

New stretch target

If we manage to go over and above our target this will enable us to start providing  services sooner than anticipated. We will have a better equipped cafe with a great interior and be able to offer more cookery classes for people on low budgets, food bank users, students, people affected by homelessness and  schools and nurseries. 

Who Are We?

Hi, we are Amy and Amanda two mums from the Scottish Borders who have bonded over a mutual love of creative budget cooking and bringing communities together. We though we would combine all of these in one venture...Cafe ReCharge!

What's The Problem?

Every year over 10 million tonnes of food and drink are thrown away in the U.K.  Around two-thirds of this is perfectly edible food that when left to rot in landfill produces methane, which, in May, the BBC reported poses a greater environmental impact than the disposal of plastics. 

Yet last year it was reported that the Scottish Borders had  the highest percentage rise in food bank usage of any local authority area in Scotland, an increase of a whopping 329% on the previous year.  

In the current economic climate it is not only unemployed people using food banks. There are increasing numbers of working families that are struggling to make ends meet and achieve food security. 

There's a massive gap and between food waste and food poverty. We aim to reduce it with Cafe ReCharge!

How Will We Make a Difference?

Cafe ReCharge is a surplus food initiative. We want to open A Pay What You Can cafe in central Galashiels to offer people with different incomes a space to socialise together with no feeling of shame or inequality. 


We will use the unsold supermarket produce and turn it into good quality, healthy food to provide inexpensive family-friendly meals served in an inclusive and welcoming town centre cafe by friendly staff and volunteers.  

Good Food For All 

Meals will be offered on a ‘Pay What You Can’ (PWYC) basis ensuring that the whole  community can reap the health and social benefits of eating together regardless of their income. Studies show that when asked to Pay What You Can, many people will actually pay more than market value. We also strongly believe in the good of humankind. That when faced with the option to pay a little more for your food in order that someone more in need can pay a little less people are happy to do so.

It's Not A Free Lunch 

However food is not free. It takes time and energy to create, serve, collect and store and electricity and services to operate a cafe. This is not free.  We're already raising money catering for events and pop-ups, and our aim is to diversify in order to bring in cash and can offer eco friendly  outside catering for small events, parties and business lunches to subsidise these. We will also have space to rent out within the cafe for those requiring a private space for their event .

Gap In Gala.

We need this crowdfunder to open up the kind of cafe Galashiels deserves. With comfy sofas to relax on, welcoming staff, friendly volunteers, free wifi, healthy, fresh and delicious food, that's affordable for everyone is family centred and able to offer cookery classes, family board game evenings, afternoon teas, lazy Sunday brunches. All this while knowing you are helping the planet by reducing carbon emissions and supporting your whole community. Sounds like a great deal for a small donation.   

Where You Come In.

Please help us on our journey and donate what you can to help us achieve our goal to open in January. The money will be used to fo some minor work to the property to transform it into a beautiful cafe including some electrical and plumbing work and new floor coverings in some areas. We also need to purchase everything for the interior from paint and crockery to tables and chairs. The more we raise the better we can equip the cafe from the start and offer more services. 

 Together we can reduce the gap between food poverty and food waste. And most importantly...Don’t skip lunch.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Entry into our draw to win a beautiful original framed painting by borders artist Louise Brydon

£20 or more

12 of 50 claimed

Merch bundle

Amazing limited edition merchandise bundle. Consists of a cotton Cafe Recharge tote bag and a branded reusable bamboo coffee cup. We will even give your coffee cup its first fill and chuck in a slice of cake. Dont say we're not good to you!

£20 or more

10 of 200 claimed

£20 Reward

Sponsor a piece of crockery! An invite into the cafe to write your name or message onto the bottom of piece of Cafe ReChrge crockery, your support will be forever visible to all who eat and drink in the cafe, a limited edition Cafe ReCharge pin badge, and entry into a draw to win a framed original painting by local artist Louise Brydon

£30 or more

19 of 100 claimed

£30 Reward

Afternoon tea for 2. An invite to the cafe for a delightful afternoon tea for 2. Various dates will be made available for this reward. Plus entry into our draw to win a framed original painting by local artist Louise Brydon

£50 or more

15 of 100 claimed

£50 Reward

Dinner for 2. Designated evenings available for a delicious dinner for 2 people using upcycled ingredients in our beautiful cafe also entry into a draw to win a framed original painting by local artist Louise Brydon

£100 or more

1 of 6 claimed

Mexican Night for 4

Treat family or get together with 3 friends to split the cost and fire up your tastebuds for a Mexican feast for 4. This is a one night event and strictly limited. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

£250 or more

3 of 50 claimed

£250 Reward

A place on our supporters board in the Cafe. Your name (should you wish) will be forever emblazoned on our very special supporters board in the cafe for all to see. Very limited edition.

£500 or more

0 of 30 claimed

£500 Reward

A reward suitable for businesses/corporate sponsors and very special individuals. If you purchase this reward you will have a very special place with us and will receive your name on the supporters board for all to see and be invited along to our launch party to see what a difference your support will make.

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