For just £10 a year, plus a weekly membership fee, community larder members can access supermarket surplus stock including fresh fruit, vegetables, bread, and other staples which would otherwise go to waste. This is an ideal solution for those on a tight budget – and those who want to have a more sustainable lifestyle. Click here to join a community larder near you.
Volunteers at the larders also support members with any debt issues and healthy eating ideas, as well as offering a welcoming place to simply come and get to know others in your neighbourhood. New volunteers are always welcome, including students and other young people looking to build confidence for future employability.
The larder model was developed by SOFEA, a charitable organisation from Oxfordshire. Claire Hughes, General Manager – The Community Larder for SOFEA, said: “Community larders are non-means-tested. Anyone who wants to prevent food waste or to save money can join. For an individual this could mean savings of up to £400 per year on their weekly shop, but community larders are about more than food.”
“The food comes from the FareShare scheme that distributes surplus food from supermarkets,” explains Sue Edgar from West Berkshire Council’s Career and Participation team. “And also wholesalers and manufacturers. One larder had a delivery of Heinz baked beans when the labels has gone on upside down!”
Rachel Peters, Community Development Officer for Sovereign Housing says: “Community larders are a fantastic way for people to get the food they need at a very reasonable price – membership for a single person is just £3.50 a week, and for a family it’s £7. The larders are open one afternoon a week, and members can come in and choose items like tins, packets and supermarket surplus products, as well as a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. The larder teams will alert people to what’s available on social media the day before they’re open so people can make time to pop along and pick up some real treats.”
Newbury Larder at the Greenham Community Centre
The Newbury Larder will be open on 1 – 4pm Thursday afternoons at the Greenham Community Centre, launched on Thursday 27 May 2021 and is run by Claire Austin and young people from Community Youth Project, working alongside Sue Edgar. There will also be space for local organisations to put up display stands or advice stations that offer help with tenancy advice, debt advice, DV, substance misuse, adult education etc. Other organisations like the West Berks Baby Bank and All Yours (free sanitary products) have also expressed an interest in attending. For more information please contact email@example.com or follow facebook.com/NewburyCommunityLarderGreenham
Thatcham Larder at Frank Hutchins Hall
The Thatcham Larder will be open 2 – 6pm Wednesday afternoons at the Frank Hutchins Hall, with Vicky Roseblade from Public Protection Partnership WB at the helm, working alongside Sue Edgar, from West Berkshire Council’s Career and Participation team. For more information please join the Thatcham Community Larder facebook group.
Wantage Larder at the Methodist Church Hall
The Wantage Larder will be open 2.30 – 5pm Fridays at the Methodist Church Hall on Newbury Street from Friday 4 June and run by Sustainable Wantage. For more information please contact 07563 067173, firstname.lastname@example.org or facebook/wantagecommunitylarder