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!
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:
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.
Do you have a food club?
We ran a food club trial that regrettably will be finishing on the 24th October 2021 as we have been unable to secure food at a cost that enables us to continue without losing money on each food bag and we will have utilised all the grant funding that we had to support this trial.
However, we are working with a number of organisations to secure a continued supply of surplus food which you will be able to access through the community larders for a suggested minimum donation of £2 per visit. Your donations will help us cover our running costs, ensuring that we can continue to work together to stop food waste. Our community larders are open to everyone so please encourage family, friends & neighbours to use them too.
Anyone that currently has a food bag delivered, unless we hear from you, we will simply switch to providing you with a bag of surplus food instead.
If you are being supported through our crisis grant, don’t panic. You will continue to receive a bag of essentials in addition to a surplus food bag until your crisis grant is used up. After that you can still access the surplus food.
Thank you to all those who participated in the food club trial, we hope that it has helped.
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.