Borough Food Cooperative-Fight Food Costs, Fighting Food Waste

Our aim is to embed the BFC into our community as a place where members can come to shop, eat, meet and learn! In order to evolve we need to invest in the project and our goal is to develop a community cafe space. A Food Hub for the body and mind!
raised of £20,000 target
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The BFC is based at St George the Martyr, Borough High St in the heart of London's busy Southwark area. We operate a 3 times a week shop to our members to support them with the cost of living as well as impacting positively on the reduction of food waste. We have no criteria for membership and this sets us apart from other food hubs and makes us increasingly popular!

We have developed a service which allows our customers to shop with autonomy, dignity and choice during these financially uncertain times.

It is our mission to deliver a sustainable service that adapts to the needs of our members and our next step is to develop a space where our community can come together to shop, meet, eat and learn. We envision a cafe where volunteer chefs can come and create community meals using the food donations we have. This would operate as a Pay as you Wish service.

The positive impact of such a project would be incredibly beneficial to the well being of our community.

We rely almost entirely on a team of loyal, hardworking volunteers. These amazing people stock the shop, greet and serve our customers and donate their free time to supporting our work.

We receive tri-weekly donations from The Felix Project and also benefit from the generosity of donations from local food businesses at Borough Market and surrounding environs.

We host other organisations including Citizens Advice Bureau, The Rose Voucher Scheme, Waterloo Food Bank and Bloody Good Period.

We regularly host Corporate Volunteers teams to give our neighbours in the business community an opportunity to "give back"

A recent corporate volunteer said

"What I learnt from my volunteering day at BFC was that people are really impacted by the cost of living crisis and that BFC is providing an incredible initiative to many people every week that would find it otherwise unaffordable to obtain the basics. That food is precious and to not take food for granted. We also learned a lot about the work of the BFC and how they try to help, who uses it and the difficulties that they face, who supplies the BFC, and the people that work there. Also, that there was so much work involved for the people running the food shop considering we were a team of 6 and they have 2 people most of the time."

Another volunteer commented

"We found the permanent employees to be so inspirational. They were really welcoming and treated us very well. Yes, it gave us a new perspective on food and community. It was also a humbling experience and made us realise how privileged we are."

About the charity

At the BFC we have over 2000 members who use our service to access low cost food that would otherwise be destined for landfill. Members get up to 16 items for £4.50. Since 01/23 we have redistributed over 30000kg of foods to over 4750 households. All revenue goes straight back into the project.

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