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Food For Nought...

Welcome to the Food Hub blog where we'll be keeping you up to date with the latest news from the Shrewsbury Food Hub and sharing loads of information on how you can make a differenc to your local community by wasting less and re-purposing more!

By shrewsburyfoodhub, May 22 2017 03:59PM

Would you like to help get surplus food to your community in Shropshire? With just a small commitment of time you can make a huge difference for your local community groups and charities. By helping them get free surplus food from the supermarkets, you can save them budget and improve diets. Contact Katy on katy[@] or 07876 703583 to find out more.

There are all sorts of ways to help. Start small and see where it goes. You could volunteer to collect food for a local group once a week. You could team up with some friends and collect a few days a week.

That's how we started, but there's so much surplus food available and so much need that we find we just keep on growing. We started in April 2016, collecting food from the two Marks and Spencers stores in Shrewsbury. We sorted the food into trays at the back of the M & S depot in Meole and took it to 5 groups a few days a week.

Now we run 10 rounds a week, with 34 amazing volunteers, helping 32 community groups.

In our first year we have redistributed 14 tonnes of fruit, veg, bread and dried goods - enough for 32,000 meals. We save the Severn Hospice 30% of its food budget. We help Hope Church bring isolated and housebound people together - because we provide the cake, they can subsidise transport. We help Crossbar Foundation combat holiday hunger and spread the healthy eating message to 500 children at their holiday clubs.

It’s pretty straightforward to start a Hub, but we want to share what we’re learning so that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel.We are backed by FareShare, the largest charity redistributing food in the UK. We can provide training and support to people wanting to set up a hub in everything from getting agreements with the supermarkets to health and safety.

Please contact Katy on katy[@] or 07876 703583 to find out more.

By shrewsburyfoodhub, Apr 7 2017 05:52PM

We're excited to announce that we have funding to recruit a paid member of staff to help run the Food Hub. The Hub has grown beyond all expectations since it started in April 2016. We now have 45 volunteers, collect food from 8 stores and get it to 32 community groups.

If you can help run our food rescue operation, please get in touch. Initially the post is for 6 months. All the details are here.



The Deputy Project Manager is responsible for managing the operations of the Food Hub including the rota, health and safety and relationships with volunteers and member groups. The Food Hub is seeking to expand its operations which will mean that the role will change. The role is to keep the day to day operations steady as The Hub grows.

Responsibilities include:

Recruiting, managing, training and supporting our volunteer drivers and admin supporters

Managing the relationship with groups on an on-going basis

Organising the weekly rota of collections

Compliance with health and safety

Identification and implementation of improvements


The deputy project manager will work 7am – 2pm, 2 days a week plus on call and evening duties. Please note this role requires being on call to support drivers between 7 - 8.30am (Monday to Friday) and receiving food alerts in the evening, Sunday to Thursday.

The deputy project manager will initially work from home or at other team member’s houses, but once we have a depot they will be based there for their working hours apart from on call and evening duties.


Essential Criteria

Good organisational skills with track record of managing a volunteer team

Good communicator, both verbally and written

Good Excel spreadsheet skills

Demonstrated ability to problem solve and make decisions independently, using guidance provided

Clean driving license with access to a vehicle

Desirable Criteria

Committed to reducing waste and building a stronger community in Shrewsbury

Ability to identify stories and get photos for social media

Level 2 Food Safety Qualified (training can be provided)


The Deputy Project Manager will report to the Project Manager, Katy Anderson. Training will be provided.


This will be a temporary part-time position for 6 months. There will be a probation period of 1 month. Payment is £8.45 per hour, 7.5 hours per day for 2.5 days per week.


Please submit your CV with a covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role to Katy Anderson with the heading “Deputy Project Manager Application” in the subject line. The application deadline is midnight on Tuesday 25th April 2017. You will be notified if you are selected for interview by Friday 28th April. Interviews will take place on the Tuesday 2nd May.

By shrewsburyfoodhub, Apr 7 2017 05:25PM

We held Shrewsbury's first Surplus Food Feast last week to bring all of our members together - our stores, our volunteers and the groups that make food magic in our community with the food that we supply them.

A big thank you to the team at the Origins Restaurant who provided a wonderful meal of curry and bread and butter pudding , with coconut and caramel. Delicious! And to Jim Hawkins from BBC Radio Shropshire who hepled us tell the story of the Hub - hear it on iplayer here at 1 hour and 10 mins in.

It was really exciting to have everyone together in the same room and get a sense of the difference the Food Hub is making in this town - saving groups 30% of their food budget, helping them support people across our community more.

By shrewsburyfoodhub, Mar 3 2017 05:52PM

The Shropshire Star have £20,000 up to grabs for local community projects. The Shrewsbury Food Hub is lucky to have been shortlisted for ‘Cash for your Community’, but now we need your help!

Please help us collect tokens so we can be in with the chance of winning up to £5000 - which will help us towards the essential costs of this entirely voluntarily run service. In the past year our volunteers have managed to save over 11 tonnes of surplus food from going to waste from Shrewsbury’s supermarkets meaning that the 32 local community groups we supply have been able to feed thousands of people in our town for free! That’s 26,500 meals worth of food saved so far!

Between Thursday 2nd March and Saturday 8th April tokens will be printed in the Shropshire Star. Please ask everyone you know to save tokens for us. Collected tokens need to posted to Shrewsbury Food Hub, 8a College Hill, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LZ, by 15th April. (We are located behind Shrewsbury museum – you can also just put tokens through the letterbox).

Alternatively, if you don’t buy the Shropshire Star and are quick off the mark this weekend you can ask for your household’s allocation of 40 tickets to be donated to the Shrewsbury Food Hub. Simply send them a letter - see suggested format below - , sign and return it to the Shropshire Star by the 8th March, along with letters from as many people you can ask to help too!

Many thanks for your help!

Suggested letter here...

Cash For Your Community

Circulation Department

Shropshire Star

Waterloo Road




Dear Shropshire Star

Please allocate my household’s Tokens to Shrewsbury Food Hub

Please allocate my household’s Cash For Your Community Tokens to Shrewsbury Food Hub, 8a College Hill, Shrewsbury SY1 1LZ.

Many thanks



By shrewsburyfoodhub, Jan 8 2017 01:33PM

Thanks to the help of our local supermarkets and our amazing volunteers, we redistributed 8.9 Tonnes of food to local community groups in 2016 - enough for more than 21,000 meals. Over the year the amount of fruit and veg that we collected went up from 25% to 40%. Whilst all the food we collect is put to good use, the nutrition benefits of getting more fruit and veg to the community are the real gold dust.

In December we collected 4 times more than we did in when we started in April - an amazing 1.8 tonnes - enough for more than 4,000 meals! See the charts below for all the detail.

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