What is a Community Larder?
Community larders are open to everyone and enable us to reduce food waste by taking surplus food collected from supermarkets and giving people a chance to use it. This helps to reduce our impact on the environment and helps save money – everyone’s a winner!
Please watch our video below which explains more about what we do.
Where is my nearest community larder?
Some larders take place in community spaces, others are provided through our community larder van. Here’s the latest info for the new routes from 2022:
It makes no sense to throw away perfectly good food when it can still be used to make delicious meals and snacks. We collect bread, pastries, fruit and vegetables, eggs, dried and tinned foods and snacks that are all perfectly good to eat, even if their Best Before date has expired.
We also distribute frozen food. This will be food items that we have been able to freeze to extend its life-span. This food is all perfectly safe to eat, provided it is thoroughly defrosted, cooked following any cooking instructions and eaten within 24 hours of defrosting.
Unfortunately, for food safety reasons we cannot give away chilled food that has a Use-By date that has expired, unless it has been frozen prior to this date.
How much does it cost?
The surplus food available at the community larder is free to everyone. If you would like to make a donation to show your support, we would be very grateful. We use any donations to help us fund the running costs of the project.
What are Lucky-Dip Food Bags?
Lucky-Dip Food Bags are also available from our mobile community larders and the one at Treverbyn Community Hall. They contain a selection of dried and tinned food that varies from week to week – hence the name. You can access these bags by joining our food club – membership is free – and then having up to a maximum of two bags per week for a contribution of £3 per bag. They are excellent value and help families or individuals who are struggling to make ends meet.
Unfortunately, we cannot offer any credit or take payment in advance for this service. To sign-up and become a member of the Food Club, simply pop along to one of our mobile community larder stops, or pop-in to Treverbyn Community Hall. If you have any queries, please call 07521 917581 or email [email protected]
Do you need extra help?
If you are unwell, isolating or disabled and are unable to get to one of the participating community larders, do give us a call to see if we can arrange a delivery to you.
If you find yourself in a short-term financial crisis please speak to us – we may be able to help.
We hope that the food larders proves to be a useful to you and welcome your feedback. Please email us on [email protected] or text us on 07521 917581.
If you have any queries about the Community Larders, wish to volunteer or make a donation to support this work, please contact us on 07521 917581. We shall be pleased to hear from you.
Volunteer drivers are desperately needed to drive our community larder van. If you have some time to spare us, have a clean driving licence and would like to do something positive that gives back please call the team on 01726 858657 for further details.