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Yourcafe, in Tang Hall, York, isn’t an ordinary cafe. Designed to reduce food waste and bringing people in the local community together, it’s run entirely by volunteers. Plus, we’re a Co-op Local Community Fund cause, meaning that when local Co-op Members buy selected Co-op products or services, they can donate 1% of their spend to causes like ours*. So, everyone wins.

A communal curry for the community

We recently welcomed the Co-op Food Magazine team to our cafe some of their favourite communal curry recipes and cooking tips with our volunteers. This was a great because our cafe runs on food donated by local businesses, so these tips will help us make sure the food donations go as far as possible.

Co-op Membership has changed

Alongside offering hot meals on a “pay as you feel” basis – be that money, time or skills – we provide free food for our community to take home. This reduces waste again and even then, anything not taken away is given to a local school to hand out.

“I enjoy seeing the community coming together. It’s warm and relaxed here, and everyone looks forward to coming.” Stephen Calpin, YourCafe Volunteer

The delicious curries that we cooked with Co-op were a sweet potato and spinach curry and a vegan lentil kitchari. The dishes are so inclusive for vegetarian and vegan diets, plus communal cooking and eating.

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If you’re a Co-op Member trying out these recipes, remember that when you buy Co-op products, you’ll be helping a community project like this ours.

Margaret Hattam
Yourcafe co-founder

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*Members earn 5% + 1% when they buy selected Co-op branded products and services from selected Co-op Group businesses. 5% to spend on future purchases. 1% goes to local causes. Offer not available in independent societies including Midcounties, Central England, Southern or Chelmsford Star co-operatives or in the stores of affiliated retailers (such as NISA or Costcutter) that do not operate under the Co-op brand. Exclusions and restrictions apply. See Membership T&Cs at

Join the conversation! 2 Comments

  1. for 2years now we bought in wast food from fare sphare moving on project to help reduce food wast clothing goods ect ,but we get no help to fund rental and wages ,we like to set up new food for all project to give toour local people ,but we need funds to by this in,can any one help we area reg small charity

  2. You don’t need to publish this just read it and change the article, but the article would make more sense if some missing words were inserted into the first sentence of the second paragraph.

    We recently welcomed the Co-op Food Magazine team to our cafe TO SHARE some of their favourite communal curry recipes and cooking tips with our volunteers.


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