WHAT IS A FOOD CLUB?
A group of people who pay (where they can) a small amount weekly to receive a share of surplus food each week. The club is run by and for its members on a not-for-profit basis. Members who are able to are asked to help each week. We recognise that some people may not be able to contribute with money or time – this doesn’t stop anyone from joining.
CAN I HELP BUT NOT BE A MEMBER?
Yes! When we all act together we can achieve something amazing to support our community and the environment as a whole. If you’d like to help and don’t want to receive food then we’d love to hear from you too.
WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?
According to FareShare 1.9 million tonnes of surplus food is wasted by the food industry every year in the UK. Of that, 250,000 tonnes is still edible – that’s enough for 650 million meals – we are doing this to make a difference to people and to the planet!
HOW DOES EDIBLE FOOD BECOME CLASSED AS SURPLUS?
Good food that isn’t going to be sold, but which is still in date and edible is called surplus food. It can become this for simple reasons such as over-production, labelling errors or short shelf-life. Surplus food occurs everywhere in the supply chain from field through to fork. This perfectly good in-date food is then sent to landfill, unless it can be intercepted and redistributed.
WHO INTERCEPTS FOOD?
The waste hierarchy calls for food to feed people first and it is a legal requirement for UK companies to operate according to these principles. Food redistribution charities intercept food orders that don’t reach the supermarket shelf and redistribute it to those who need it most through frontline charities and community groups – like this new Community Cupboard Food Club!
WHO DISTRIBUTES TO SOUTH LAKELAND?
FareShare is the UK’s biggest food redistribution charity, they redistributed over 20,000 tonnes of food last year, saving it all from going to landfill. Local food clubs place a weekly order with them – there are already clubs distributing food from Flookburgh, Kendal, Witherslack, Grange over Sands, Cartmel and Ulverston.
WHAT SORT OF FOOD IS IT?
The weekly order is placed with FareShare. Food received depends on what has been intercepted that week so it may be we get a few different things to our original order request. We ask about dietary requirements so we can try to include some items for everyone, where possible. It’s hard to give an exact value to the food you’ll receive, but most weeks you’ll receive two loaded shopping bags of quality food and drink.
HOW DOES THE FOOD GET TO KIRKBY LONSDALE?
Every Thursday (excluding bank holidays), a volunteer with a van drives to the FareShare depot in Preston and collects the intercepted food. This is then driven back to the Kirkby Lonsdale Rugby Club – arriving around 12:30pm – for sorting and sharing.
While the food is being collected, a team of 5 volunteers prepare the marquee – setting out tables and cleaning surfaces. When the food delivery arrives into the hall the team works together to sort the boxes and crates, counting items to ensure the sharing of food is planned as fairly as possible, with choices where there is not enough of the same thing for everyone. The food is laid out on tables for the next step.
MEMBER FOOD SHARING
Food sharing during covid-19 will be carried out in a safe, controlled manner with appropriate measures in place. Currently this means pre-packing the bags and leaving them outside the marquee for collection (with a numbered peg to identify the recipient). Members (or their representatives) who come to collect do not enter the marquee, but instead collect their bags outside. Delivery can be arranged where members are self-isolating – we’ll communicate with you on what time is best – but in general we encourage people to pick up or arrange with friends to collect on their behalf. The Food Club is operated entirely for and by its members, so please be as considerate as possible. When the covid-19 situation eases we envisage a more interactive food club – coffee and cakes and a chance to sit down and chat – for all members.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER and HOW MUCH DO I PAY?
You can apply by completing the form HERE (please use the same form if you wish to help but not be a member). We ask members (where they can) to pay a £6 annual membership fee and to pay £3 weekly (as recommended by Fareshare). If money is an issue that’s also fine, we can support you with food without payment. We can also accept donations to support this project for those who wish to help without receiving food.
As we have over 80 members, we have had to restrict how far we can accept members from, to a 3-mile radius. The outer villages of this area include Ireby, Tunstall, Lupton and Mansergh. If you are outside the 3 mile radius, we can work to help set up your own food club in your area, just drop us an email at email@example.com.
HOW IS THE MONEY USED?
We have to ensure we have insurance and formal hygiene training as without these we are unable to run the club. Food is ordered from FareShare by number of trays (although it’s not all delivered on ‘trays’) which each cost £1 to the food club. Any surplus funds will go towards expenses for transport, materials such as food bags for sharing loose items, group tea and coffee etc, as well as enabling us to help people in the community identified as in need, and to allocate a share to them as and when it would be appreciated.
HOW DO I PAY?
Cash on joining and paid weekly is fine – exact change preferred – as you collect your food. Once the bank account is set up we can provide bank details if you would prefer to set up a Standing Order. Please ask about this and again, it’s not a problem if money is an issue, just let us know when you complete your form.
If you have any questions – please don’t hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org.