Free Food for Community Groups in Whitchurch – Meeting 12th September
A new scheme to support community groups, the Whitchurch Food Hub is calling for groups who could use food and volunteers who could help set up the scheme to meet at Clifford’s House. The Food Hub will collect surplus food that would otherwise be thrown away by the supermarkets and get it to local community groups which can make good use of it. Find out more at Clifford’s House , 9 High Street, Whitchurch on 12th September 2017 from 12- 2pm , when a delicious surplus food lunch of soup and bread and cake will be available.
Clifford’s House are keen to set up the Hub, but need support from the community to help make it happen on a permanent basis. Manager Simon Tooth explained “we already collect surplus food from Tesco for our Community Fridge. A Food Hub is a way of making sure that it’s really easy for community groups to get the free surplus food that they need and that the food is shared fairly. We have the support of the Shrewsbury Food Hub which saves its 36 groups more than 30% of their food budget. We are looking for volunteers who can help for a few hours a week to collect food from the supermarkets and to help organise the rota. And of course for groups who can use free bread, fruit and veg.”
The Food Hub has already made its first collection of free surplus food from Sainsbury’s to assist the ‘Summer School Meals’ initiative being operated by the Whitchurch Foodbank. Alan Scutt, Chair of Whitchurch Foodbank said “the food is helping us reduce the cost of the weekly food parcels we are providing during the summer. We applaud the initiative to utilise this food and encourage everyone to support this new project”.