We want to open a permanent pay-as-you-feel cafe serving food saved from landfill. We want to challenge perceptions about food waste, intercept even more food and feed more people than we do now. We want to create a wonderful, creative and inclusive space and resource for the whole community. 

More food saved, more people fed, more education, more outreach, more collaborations, more fun – we need your help to make it happen!

Whilst we’ve always enjoyed our pop-up events and have managed to save a great deal of food and feed many mouths over these past few years – our dream has always been of a permanent base, a kitchen to call our own!
Since our inception the Magic Hat Cafe has:
– Hosted 37 pop-up cafes and events
– Rescued 10,500 kg of edible food from landfill
– Served 4450 meals to the community
But with a permanent kitchen, café and storage space all in one place we will be able to intercept much more food from landfill with regular collections, feed even more people on a regular, reliable basis and expand our pay-as-you-feel market. We’ll be able to spend less time transporting food and equipment and setting up and clearing down each venue. Instead, we’ll have more time to spend on saving, cooking and serving food, as well as outreach work to raise more awareness about food waste.


Please support us to help raise awareness on food waste in our city, feed more mouths, improve Newcastle’s environmental footprint and bring together more amazing people. Help us build the next phase of our amazing project and become part of the Magic Hat family!
Please donate if you can and help us spread the word by sharing our page far and wide, thank you!
We are entered into the Aviva Community Fund, and we need your votes to make it into the final. Voting is open until 20th November. Voting is a totally free way in which you can help us out!

We have already proven that a food waste cafe is sustainable and are ready to start running permanently, but we need enough money to guarantee our running costs for the first year in order to take out a lease.
The funds raised will be used to:
– Guarantee the rent of our new space for one year
– Fit and/or repair a commercial kitchen and replace some equipment
– Decorate our community cafe
– Run our Magic Hat van for one year
The Magic Hat Cafe has its own savings, which we’ll be contributing – however, we need to find the rest by turning to you good people! We have some brilliant gifts as a thank you for your support.