Start a community food project
Everyone is interested in food. It’s a basic human requirement, but more than that, it’s a delicious way of connecting with other people in our communities. As we all know, good food brings people together.
What is a community food project?
Community food projects are a great way to get people to learn about food, nutrition and cooking, whilst also making the most of local produce. Many of them also aim to improve the community and the environment.
Community food projects are all about allowing local people to take control of where their food comes from and connecting them with each other and where they live. A food project gets everyone involved, brings communities together, and creates a sense of local pride.
Innovative food project ideas
There’s lots of ways you can set up your own food bank, and you can find a method that works best for your community.
- Community food gardens or community orchards
- Community fridges
- Wild food and foraging
- Community shops
- Making use of food waste
- Food swaps
- Supper clubs
How to start a food bank
If you want to know how to set up a food bank, you’ve come to the right place! Setting up a food bank isn’t for everyone as it requires a lot of work, but it can make a huge difference to your community. Basically, you will need food, money and volunteers to do it – see below for our advice on how to make those things happen!
The basic steps are organising a space, where/when/how you will get donations and how everything will be transported. You can get support from existing food bank networks such as the Trussell Trust.
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