In April 2016 our local homeless charity contacted us
They had been offered surplus food by a local supermarket, but they didn’t have volunteers to collect the food.
The Hub started
Other charities were having the same problems. Some had tried, but were overwhelmed by the amounts of food available. Others had been given food that they could not use. We started small with a few volunteers.
Growing the Hub and Food Poverty Alliance
We built up our network of volunteers and partner suppliers and groups, and quadraupled the amount we collected from 14 tonnes in our first year to 64 tonnes in our third. We launched the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance work for food justice, as surplus food is not the solution to food poverty..
Responding to COVID
When COVID hit in 2020, we stepped up. Local organisations helped us with vans and drivers, we switched from 5 to 7 day operation and we sourced extra supplies of surplus from FareShare Birmingham. As many of our partner groups had shut, we worked with new partners to open more Foodshares where anyone is welcome to collect food.
Strategy Reset: Increasing our impact
Post COVID we are focusing on reducing food waste, through redistribution and by promoting food waste reduction at home, where most waste happens. This work will increase our carbon reduction impact by a factor of seven.
45% of the food we deliver is fresh produce
Groups like the Crossbar Foundation have been able to run healthy eating courses with 500 children attending their holiday clubs.
We provide food to
50 groups including Shrewsbury Food Bank, Shrewsbury Ark, refugee groups, youth clubs, Age UK day centres, playgroups and children’s sports clubs.
We save community groups money
Shrewsbury Ark report that we save them more than 50% of their food budget. Groups are able to do more with food, providing meals, snacks and food to take home. Freeing up budget means groups have more to spend on their core services.