SAM JOSEPH

“People sometimes think they will be taking food from the needy when they come to us but the truth is that there is so much to go round.”


Sam is one of the co-founders of the Real Junk Food Project.The concept was the original idea of Adam Smith a chef from Yorkshire who became preoccupied with the growing problem of wasted food after spending a year working on farms in Australia.

Adam returned to Leeds and connected with Sam and Conor Walsh, two University students who had been exposed to supermarket waste for years, together their passion, energy and dedication created the first PAYF café in Armley, Leeds in December 2013.

It has sparked the creation of a national organic network of similar café’s totalling over 40 that serve 100% food surplus on a strictly Pay-As-You-Feel (PAYF) basis.


Over the past 12 months the projects have intercepted close to 50 tonnes of food and fed thousands of people. This is a collaborative effort to bring about a radical change in our food system.