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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, Jun 29 2017 05:54AM

Chef Wayne Hinton at local charity A4U says, “It’s like Ready Steady Cook everyday! I never know what the Food Hub are going to bring us, but we can always make something delicious with it. One day there will be loads of butternut squash for soup, stew, mash or roasted veg, the next day bread for bread and butter pudding.”

A4U provides independent and impartial information, advice, legal advice and advocacy on all aspects of disability issues including benefits advice for people with disabilities. They are also the lead organisation for Shropshire Autism Hub providing support for adults over 18. They started up the café at Louise House to provide affordable hot and cold food to building users, including members of the Shropshire Autism Hub, Age UK lunch clubs and NHS patients, as well as being a comfortable, safe and friendly place for anyone to visit, so do pop in and try Wayne’s delicious cooking for yourself. The café is open to the public from 9.30 to 2.30 Monday to Thursday and 10.30 to 2.30 on Fridays .

Fiona Williams, manager of A4U explains, “It has been a huge benefit for us and helped with broadening the range of foods we are able to offer from a small start-up cafe. We are now able to offer a greater variety of more interesting and healthier food. We keep our costs as low as possible so that our prices are manageable for people with limited budgets and so any reduction in cost for us is significant. “



By shrewsburyfoodhub, Jun 13 2017 10:55AM

We need your votes to help us to become Sainsbury's local charity of the year at Shrewsbury Meole Brace Store!

You can now vote online at : https://www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk/

or go instore to register your vote for the Shrewsbury Food Hub between 12th and 25th June.

Becoming Sainsbury's charity partner would give a huge boost to raising awareness for our campaign to cut food waste and support local charities and community groups.

The money raised would make a substantial contribution towards our plan to operate from our own sorting depot, with onsite freezers to enable us to save even more surplus food.


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[@]cwmharry.org.uk 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[@]cwmharry.org.uk 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.


JOB SPECIFICATION - DEPUTY PROJECT MANAGER - 2.5 DAYS PER WEEK


DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:


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


WORKING HOURS AND LOCATION:


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.


SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE


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)


REPORTING AND ACCOUNTABILITY


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


CONTRACTUAL TERMS


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.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE


Please submit your CV with a covering letter demonstrating your suitability for the role to Katy Anderson katy@cwmharry.org.uk 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.


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