All over the country demand for foodbanks is increasing. GGT has teamed up with Gloucester Services, the national FareShare food project, local allotment holders, GL Communities and other partners to create a new free food project.
Five days a week unsold food is collected and made available at locations connected to a community café or community food cupboard at its site. The donated food also supports the community cafés and is a great way to reduce food waste in business.
What can you do?
On Thursdays, our community partner Together In Matson receives produce from Gloucester Services, Tesco and Morrisons, which volunteers and staff cook together and make meals that they then freeze ready for community members to collect. Bread, fruit and vegetables are always available for people
to take home to use themselves. Called the Redwell Re-stock, this service helps people restock their fridges and supplies them with food they may not otherwise be able to afford. Over the last year the demand for this service has risen.
Food, fun and pea soup
Monday is the Munchday
Another of our community partners All Pulling Together (APT) in Stonehouse run the Neighbourly Food Project, which also makes food collections from local supermarkets available to residents, uploading photos of deliveries to Facebook. Volunteers from APT are also available to talk to people about any additional support they might need. They also run a 'Munchday' every Monday when anyone can call in for a hot meal and a drink for a donation of £1.
Also on a Monday, our community partner Fair Shares Gloucestershire runs a lunch club at Chequers Bridge Community Centre. Participants can help with the preparation and cooking, or set the table or wash up - there's a role to make everyone feel involved.
We like to encourage our children and young people to experiment with food, trying new tastes and textures, but we also do lots of training and skills development so that they are equipped to cook simple meals. These are great life skills for them to have. Food is also used for creative purposes. We use it to make food masterpieces like pizza faces that can then be cooked and eaten and we turn potatoes and carrots into people! This helps us to reduce waste as food that we cannot cook is used for art."