Award winning Foodhall ‘pay as you feel’ cafe vows to stay in Sheffield

23 February 2017

A ‘Pay as You Feel’ cafe and free cycling food network is being run in order to bring people from different walks of life together.

It is run by community volunteers, who spoke about their work as part of Sheffield Social Enterprise Network’s Founders Brunch.

Louis Koseda and Jamie Wilde, co-founders of ‘Foodhall’, shared their thoughts on social enterprise with young and older entrepreneurs.

Louis said: “Success to me is being responsive. I think we were successful from the beginning because we responded to the needs of the community, not because of profit or capital.”

The social project started as a food sharing app university students could use to avoid food wasting and enjoy communal eating, but quickly evolved to benefit the whole city.

Jamie said: “We started this because we shared values. Our primary objective is finding strategic ways in getting people together, from different part of society, to share food and share knowledge.”

The two explained how they believe food waste, inequality and social isolation are all interconnected issues and their aim was to get people together to solve more than one problem.

Louis added: “We are not from Sheffield, but we stayed here to do this, to help the community and its people.”

The project receives help from ReNew Sheffield, a project aiming to enable pop up businesses to take up vacant units in Sheffield city centre, as well as funding coming from renting the space to private organisations for their events.

Foodhall, on Eyre Street is the winner of many awards and was highly commended in RIBA Journal Architecture MacEwen Award.

Written by Giorgia Guantario

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