News from East Midlands Trains


East Midlands Trains junks food waste for the New Year

  • Unused food from Sheffield to London services donated to local charity
  • The Real Junk Food Project runs a cafe and logistics operation in Sheffield

East Midlands Trains decided to do something about the excess weight it was carrying after the festive season – by donating unused produce from services running between Sheffield and London to a good cause, The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield.

Since January, East Midlands Trains has donated food including sausages, eggs, rolls and croissants to the charity which aims to reduce unnecessary waste by cooking good quality, unused food to feed local people.

The unused food would otherwise go to landfill sites and so the donations are good for the environment as well as well as helping East Midlands Trains to support a local community venture.

Even more importantly, the food goes to a charity that brings together people from the local community and ensures that people do not go hungry. Customers visiting the café can pay what they want for the food making it an affordable and nutritious option for many people. The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield has one café in Sheffield already and they are looking to expand their offering by visiting local schools and educating children on the importance of a nutritional, balanced diet.

Debbie Pye, Catering Logistics Manager for East Midlands, said: “The idea to approach The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield came about late last year when we realised that good food was going to waste.  Although our breakfasts are very popular with customers travelling between Sheffield and London, like any company serving food, we do have leftovers that previously were being sent to landfill.

“I found about The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield by word of mouth and quickly arranged to meet up with the team. I was blown away right from the start at what a great concept it is. It really is a win-win for everyone involved and we’re really pleased to be working with a local community project and supporting a great cause.”

Jo Hercberg, Director of The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, said: “We were delighted when East Midlands Trains contacted us to work with them to reduce their food waste. It just shows that food waste can occur in a variety of settings and for us it means plenty of people get lovely breakfasts every day! East Midlands Trains is very keen on becoming more sustainable in 2017 and we are proud to be able to help them achieve that goal.”

For more information on The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, visit