REfUSE is based in Chester-le-Street: in April 2018 they launched a creative and inclusive ‘Pay As You Feel’ community cafe on the high street. They also run restaurant nights, education projects, and a supported volunteering scheme. They are raising awareness and educating about the climate and ecological impact of food waste, building community and providing healthy food and good company to anyone that wants it.
They operate on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ basis: guests can pay for their meals in cash, but non-monetary donations of time or skills are just as valuable. They believe PAYF encourages us to think about the true value of food: the resources, time and energy that has gone into producing it, but also includes and empowers those who may struggle to afford food.