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Community Station House Café closes after serving the community for two years
A community café in Crouch Hill closed today after serving the community for two years.
FoodCycle’s Station House Café in Stroud Green Road, which opened in August 2010, was forced to close due to a lack of funding.
The restaurant takes surplus food from shops in the area including Budgens and Sainsbury’s.
With the help of volunteers, it served meals on a pay-what-you-feel system on Friday lunchtimes.
Due to the flexible prices of meals, the café serves people of all economic backgrounds.
Rosie Gilchrist, of Umfreville Road, a volunteer at the Station House Café said: “It’s a real shame. This has got such a community feel.
“I’m crossing my fingers that it comes back to life”
Helen Messingfield, of Ferme Park Road, who has been going to the café every Friday since it opened, said: “We are very sad that it’s closing. It is such a social thing and nowhere else is London is as cheap as this.
“There is nothing like it in this area.”
Lori Kiefer, of Lancaster Road, who has also been coming to the café since it opened two year ago said: “We are now abandoned adult orphans.”
Alice Deville, a mother of one, from the Haringey Ladder, said that she was really sad and disappointed the café is closing down.
“It’s the best thing about my week,” said Mrs Deville.
Catherine Law, of Highgate, said: “As young mothers we rarely get a chance to cook hot meals so it’s great to come here and have great homemade food.”
Councillors Richard Wilson and Katherine Reece are trying to find a way to save the project.
Cllr Wilson said: “It’s a real shame and we hope the café can be restarted.”
Steven Hawkes, communications and fundraising officer for FoodCycle said: “We also still have our contacts with supermarkets for surplus food, volunteers and customers in the North London area so we would encourage any existing cafes or volunteers who would like us to share these contacts with them, to get in touch.”
He added: “We don’t want this to go to waste.”