Food is central to Hope
Hope uses food in many different ways to bring benefits to individuals and our community. We believe we do more on food, and in more diverse ways, than any other local organisation: we are truly ‘food heroes’.
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Not having enough food to eat is, alongside having no home, the most extreme level of poverty.
We supply healthy food to people on low incomes
We provide access to high quality, healthy food from our day services for homeless people and people on low incomes who attend our food club, offered in a positive, fair and dignified manner to people in need. By doing so, we improve people’s health and wellbeing. It’s the simplest way in which we provide essential charitable services to people in need, but it is only the start. For us food is a way of driving change, for individuals, and our society.
We provide food to take away for rough sleepers and sofa surfers and others who have nowhere to cook, from the Hand Up service at Oasis House. Every year this supplies >21,000 meals to homeless people.
Hope’s foodclub provides discount, but heathy and fresh food to people on benefits , who join the club on a membership system. The project runs a series of pop-up shops on remote estates, taking food to people where they are, rather than from a static base. Every week we feed more than 400 people. You can read about the project here
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We convene an alliance of local food aid providers in West Northants (FAAWN) and source, store and distribute food for them. The alliance has its own website with a directory of all local food aid providers. In 2020-21 we accessed £500,000 in funding for the network and nearly 20 tonnes of produce was shared.
Look at their website here
We address climate change through food
Because we take many tonnes of produce that is short life, and give it out to people on low incomes or in destitution, before it is unusable, we prevent it from going to landfill.
We educate about food
We teach people how to cook and to budget in our day centre and foodclub so they can eat well on low incomes
Through Hope Catering we offer training in catering for disadvantaged people as a step back onto the employment ladder and towards self-sufficiency.
We teach people how to grow veg in easy to access, professioanlly taught classes.
We offer placements to nutrition students.
We teach schoolchildren at school assemblies, especially during harvest festival.
We involve many community volunteers.
We grow food
In 2018 we started growing vegetables and salad for our various food services, reclaiming derelict urban land for productive use and offering training and education in horticulture and the value of fresh veg. We teach anyone how to grow veg. You can get involved as a volunteer. Read more here
Our growing space offers opportunities for therapeutic horticulture
We work with other community gardeners to promote veg growing locally as part of West Northants Community Growers, which we co-ordinate. Read about this group’s work here
We co-ordinate partnership action on food
We chair the West Northamptonshire Sustainable Food Place (WNSFP) partnership working to improve access to good food for all West Northamptonshire’s citizens.
WE ALWAYS NEED DONATED FOOD TO SERVE IN OUR DAY SERVICES AND FOODCLUB – IF YOU WANT TO DONATE, CONTACT US VIA ringing 01604214300 or emailing email@example.com
or look at how you can collect food via our Street by Street initiative,
We actively contribute to the reduction of food waste, but this is not our priority; rather our priority is to see that if there is surplus food from a broken food system, that it is made available to people in need.
We always need volunteers who can help with our food work. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are members of the Social Farms and Gardens Association
We are members of Good Food Organisations Canada as an international affiliate:
We link closely to the work of SUSTAIN
We are also members of the UK’s Independent Food Aid Network: