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.
What else do community larders do?
Now that the Covid lockdown is easing and things are returning to normal, funding for food support work has stopped. This means we are unable to provide free food support bags beyond 18th July 2021. Instead, we are trialing a new food club.
How does the food club work?
The food club will enable you to purchase tinned and dried food much cheaper than going to the supermarket. Membership to the food club is free.
As a member you can purchase a maximum of two food bags from us each week. There are 4 food bag options to choose from: two vegetarian and two meat. Each bag will cost £3 and will contain a variety of items:
As a member you can also access, along with everyone else the following from the community larder when they are available:
We believe the food club offers value for money as each bag contains £6-£7 worth of food. This together with the additional surplus food items available through the community larder means that you could be accessing £10-£12 worth of food each week for only £3. Happy days!
To become a member of the food club simply complete a Food Club registration form and return it to us.
You will then be able to visit one of participating community larders to purchase your food bags and order for the following week.
Currently, we can only accept cash for the food bags at the time of collection.
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. You will need to be available to receive and pay for your bags when they are delivered.
If you find yourself in a short-term financial crisis and are unable to afford the cost of the food bags, please speak to us – we may be able to help.
We hope that the food club 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, or would like to enquire about the Food Bag Support Scheme, please contact us on 07521 917581. We shall be pleased to hear from you.