Surplus Food Cafe

The Hope Centre is running a “Pay as you feel” surplus food cafe, open on two evenings a month. It aims to save as much food from the bins as possible by encouraging supermarkets to hand it to the cafe instead. 

This is not a food bank, and is open to everyone. This is about us treasuring creation by stopping all this food going into landfill, and building community with people coming together to eat and chat from all backgrounds comes out of that.

We welcome anyone who comes to pay as much as they feel for the food, or nothing at all. So you get a big mix of people sitting around a table talking and eating together.

The fun part is we never know what meals we will be making until the day, as the food delivery arrives!!  It’s exciting, a Macclesfield version of Ready Steady cook!!! but we are blessed at The Hope Centre to have two fantastic chefs who volunteer their time and experience.

Our pilot evenings have been a huge success, with roast dinners, mexican themed food and burgers all on the menu.  We feel ready to open to the public. 

If anyone would like to volunteer or book a table please email us at or pop in to the centre for a chat. 

I have been to 3 out of the 4 friday evening meals to-date and have thoroughly enjoyed them all, both the excellent quality food and the welcoming relaxing atmosphere” Ian – customer.

The surplus food cafe has helped me slowly get back into the food environment in a safe place, I am enjoying the opportunity to be more creative with food and drink” Shane – Volunteer chef.

‘‘We took some friends to experience the delights of the ‘surplus food café ‘The food was great the personal service really wonderful and we felt highly valued. We will certainly go again and take more friends.  The Hope Centre lived up to its motto of Living, Loving, Serving and Sharing’’ Bob & Mo – customers.