June 2017

TW Lotto has launched!

You can now support us and other local causes in Tunbridge Wells through the new TW Lotto. The first draw is on 8th July and tickets cost just £1 per week with a top prize of £25k!

50% of the ticket price will go directly to us and 10% to other local causes so get your tickets now!

May 2017

Can you fund a Meal A Month?

Help us support those in crisis in Tunbridge Wells, South Tonbridge and the surrounding areas by donating a Meal-A-Month or by Buying-A-Bag!

Sign up here

April 2017

TW Scouts St. George's Day Collection

Another fantastic collection from Tunbridge Wells Scouts which was collected on their annual St. George's day celebration at Adamswell Scout Campsite where over 800 Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Leaders and Parents all enjoyed a brilliant day.

It was the biggest collection yet from the Scouts with 307.25Kgs all weighed into our unit at Big Yellow.

Thank you to everyone who donated.

See more photos here

Co-op Local Community Fund

If you are a Co-op member then you can support us through the Local Community Fund and if not then it is really easy to join up and help support local causes.

Support us here

If you select Nourish as your local cause the we will receive 1% of the total you spend on Co-op own branded items. You also get 5% back to spend yourself!!

New Funder for 2017/2018 - Gatwick Foundation Fund

Thank you to the Gatwick Foundation Fund through Kent Community Foundation who have awarded a grant of £5,000 to Nourish for 2017/2018. The grant will help fund our voucher scheme and also 6 months funding towards our van.

March 2017

Local Blogger and Comic Relief Visit Nourish

Local blogger Michelle who runs the "Mummy From The Hear"t blog came to visit Nourish to see how Comic Relief funding has helped us.

Read here blog post here

RTWRT Funding For 2017/2018

Huge thanks to the Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table for choosing to fund Nourish for the second year as part of their generous charity giveaway.

The funds will go towards funding our new large 300sqft unit at Big Yellow Self Storage for 2017/2018.

February 2017

Lush Charity Pot

Huge thanks to everyone who dropped into LUSH in Royal Victoria Place on 25th February 2017 and bought our charity pots at the LUSH Charity Pot Party.

We raised a fab £311.25

January 2017


Childrensalon Charitable Fund

Nourish Community Foodbank is honoured to be one of the first recipients of a donation from the new Childrensalon charity.

The monthly donation throughout 2017 will enable us to continue to provide emergency food and support to people in need in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and the surrounding areas.

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I, Daniel Blake @ Trinity

Trinity Theatre helped to support Nourish at their showing of I, Daniel Blake on January 22nd at 17:00 with a collection.

We collected a fantastic 175.80Kgs of food!

 

 

December 2016

Advent Reversed

We have finished weighing in our Reverse Advent donations and we have been completely overwhelmed by the response to our campaign. We have weighed in over 4.5 tonnes of food and provisions.

Huge thanks to Royal Victoria Place for providing us with a pop up shop in Ely Court

See more details here

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Tesco Kick Off Reverse Advent!

Massive thanks to the staff from Tesco Pembury and the 3 Tunbridge Wells Tesco stores who kicked off our Reverse Advent campaign. They held a 3 day collection at Ely Court thanks to a shop donation from Royal Victoria Place.

We collected an amazing £1,782.50 and 3,013.28Kgs food and provisions!!

Thank you to everyone who donated

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Don Hanson Charitable Foundation Donation

Huge Thanks for the second time in 2016 to the Don Hanson Charitable Foundation for their amazing donation to Nourish.

The funds will enable us to keep offering much needed support to those in crisis in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas.

Thank You!

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November 2016

 

Casino Night Fundraiser 2016

We had a fantastic night on the 12th November at the High Rocks with a brilliant Auction, Raffle, Casino and live music from The Roccos

We raised a fantastic £6,179.91 which has surpassed all our expectations so thank you to everyone who supported us by coming on the night and of course to everyone who donated prizes.

Check out the event page here for more pics

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Harvest 2016 At Nourish

Huge Thanks to everyone who donated to Nourish over the Harvest period.

We collected a fantastic amount of food and provisions.

See here for more details

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October 2016


Love Where We Live Award Winners 2016

Nourish was honoured this year to be awarded the 2016 Charity Of The Year and we also came away with the overall 2016 Love Where We Live Award.

See more pictures here

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RTW Civic Society Award

Nourish was recognised this year with the 2016 Community Contribution Award.

See more pictures here

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September 2016

Childrensalon Dragon Boat 2016

Childrensalon hit Tonbridge River hard on 11th Septemper to raise a fantastic £1,272.50 for Nourish

See more photos here

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Dragon Boat Festival 2016

On the 10th September 2016, The Nourishers took to the waters at Bewl Water to race in the Dragon Boat Festival.
 
It was a fantastic day with a great atmosphere

We raised a fantastic 1,857.01

See more photos here

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August 2016

Helping Hands Help Out

Huge thanks to Helping Hands - Tunbridge Wells.

The team, part of the National Citizen Service, organised several collections and events to raise funds and collect food for us.
 
They raised an amazing £1,688.61 and then spent all the money to help us fill our stock shortfall at our unit!
 
Find out more here
 
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Nationwide Community Match

THANK YOU!!!

Huge thanks to all the Nationwide Building Society customers who nominated and voted for us in the Community Match programme in branches.

We are really happy to have been nominated and to be voted the winning charity for the Southern Counties area.

In total we won a fantastic £600 including £100 for being short listed...

A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us and a big thanks to Nationwide

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July 2016

Tesco Collection

Huge thanks to the guys from the Tesco stores in Tunbridge Wells and Pembury for holding a fantastic collection for us at the Victoria Shopping Centre.

We collected an amazing 1,066.50 Kg of food and £669.76 so thank you to everyone who donated..

See more pics here

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A New Funder

Huge thanks to The Henry Smith Charity for their grant towards running costs for two years.

Find out more about The Henry Smith Charity here

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Our Latest Stats

We have published our finalised statistics for 2015-2016. The number of referrals is up 38% and the number of people provided with emergency provisions is up 34% year on year.

See a full breakdown here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our Q1 2016-2017 newsletter.

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June 2016

#Volunteers Week Fair

A great volunteers fair was held in the Tunbridge Wells precinct on Friday 3rd June

Thank you to everyone who popped along to find out more about what we do and what volunteer opportunities are available.

Click here to see our volunteer opportunities.

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May 2016

Quiz Night

Thank you to everyone who came to support Nourish at our Quiz night on May 21st. We raised a fantastic £1,133.45 and had a great time doing so.

Click here to see more photos.

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New Funders

Huge thanks to our new funders.

Huge thanks to the Skinners' Company Lady Neville Charity for their grant to purchase new industrial scales plus an electric socket for our unit at Big Yellow. 

Also,

Huge thanks to Sport Relief Community Cash 2016 via Kent Community Foundation for funds which will pay for 7 new Clax folding trolleys for our volunteers to use when packing, sorting and delivering.

 

 April 2016

School Food Drive

We collected a fantastic 844.60Kgs. Thank You!

Congratulations to Claremont Primary School in the Primary category and Bethany School in the Senior category. 

Read all about the event here

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TW Scouts Collection

For the third year running, Tunbridge Wells Scouts supported Nourish at their annual St. George's Day Celebration on 24th April.

This year was the biggest collection yet with an amazing 285kgs of food weighed into our unit.

Fantastic collection guys, thank you all for your support.

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New Funders

Huge thanks to our new funders.

Huge thanks to the Royal Tunbridge Wells Round Table for funding our third unit at Big Yellow for 2016 - 2017.

Also,

Huge thanks to The Brook Trust Fund For Kent via Kent Community Foundation for funds which will be used for an admin assistant, fresh food vouchers and to help fund the cost of our Operations Manager working on our expansion project into Tonbridge.

March 2016

We Crowdfunded

Huge thanks to everyone who supported our crowdfunding campaign. We managed to raise £273 through crowdfunding and will be buying two of these great trolleys for our volunteers.

http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/new-folding-trolleys-for-volunteer-use/

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School Food Drive

 

We are holding our first annual School Food Drive Competition and hope that this will bring in much needed food and cash to Nourish, as well as raise hunger awareness in our local community.

From 29th February -11th March 2016, we are challenging schools to collect food for Nourish. Your school will compete against others in Tunbridge Wells and the local areas – we hope that the friendly competition will spur on schools to increase their efforts – to see who can collect the most food. 

Find out more here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our March 2016 newsletter.

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February 2016

#GiveItUp4Nourish

Give up something this Lent and donate those saved pennies to Nourish.

Get a group of friends together or get in a group from work and #GiveItUp4Nourish together. Set up a fundraising page and see how much you can all save!

GiveItUp4Nourish here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our February 2016 newsletter.

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January 2016

Duke Of Edinburgh Volunteering at Nourish

January 16th saw the first shift of D of E volunteers join the Nourish team.

Currently three boys from Skinners School and a year 10 student from Bennett Memorial volunteer every third Saturday with an additional year 7 Bennett student.

The team got straight down to work on their first shift tackling over 30 crates of food and managing to give all three units a spring clean and organised several parcels ready to go out on the following Monday.

See more info here

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Thanks To The Don Hanson Charitable Foundation

Huge Thanks to the don Hanson Charitable Foundation for their amazing donation to Nourish.

The funds will enable us to keep offering much needed support to those in crisis in Tunbridge Wells and the surrounding areas.

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our January 2016 newsletter.

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 December 2015 

Christmas 2015 At Nourish

Huge Thanks to everyone who donated and helped Nourish over the Christmas period.

Huge thanks to both Joint Ventures In Property in Southborough and a private donor for their huge generosity in providing the funding and food for us to provide our Christmas parcels. They donated Turkeys and all the trimmings for our food parcels.Alongside collections from several local companies, this enabled us to deliver some great Christmas food parcels to 46 families and 21 individuals in crisis over the Christmas week.

In total, we collected over 2.3 tonnes of food and over £650 in cash donations

See our Christmas report here

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A New Funder

Huge thanks to the South East Water Community Chest Fund. They have chosen to support Nourish with a grant of £454.44 to pay for new collection buckets and volunteer photo ID cards.

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our December 2015 newsletter.

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November 2015

The Big Nourish Bid Off

What a fabulous night! Thank you so much to everyone for coming along and supporting Nourish on 21 November!

More details can be found event page here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our November 2015 newsletter.

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October 2015

 

Harvest Festival 2015

This year’s Harvest festival has truly been overwhelming with almost 30 different schools, churches and organisations donating food and funds.

 

We collected an amazing 7,157.31Kg of food and provisions plus a fantastic £1,748.55 in donations. 

See the full report here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our October 2015 newsletter.

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September 2015

Dragon Boat Festival 2015

What a fantastic day! Volunteers and trustees took to the water to raise funds for Nourish on 12th September.

We managed to raise a fantastic £2,740.17 so a huge thank you to everyone that took part and  who sponsored our rowers!

Find out how the Nourishers got on and see some brilliant photos of the day here

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Childrensalon Dragon Boat

Nourish would like to thank Childrensalon for raising an amazing £2,420.00 by rowing in this years' Dragon Boat Festival at Bewl Water on 12th September.

Check out the fundraising and food collections by Childrensalon here

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We Are Now Lottery Funded

Nourish is very excited to announce that we have received a grant from the Big Lottery Fund for £4,064. 

The funding will be used to help pay for volunteer expenses, a tablet and mobile phone package and petrol costs for food collection and delivery. This will help facilitate our expansion into Tonbridge

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our September 2015 newsletter.

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August 2015

A New Funder

 

Thanks to the Mrs Smith and Mount Trust for their grant of £3,750.00 to help pay towards our fresh food voucher scheme for 12 months.

 

Our voucher scheme is another way that we try and help our beneficiaries receive a balanced and healthy diet by exchanging vouchers at two local outlets in Tunbridge Wells for fresh fruit and vegetables and fresh meat.

 

The Mrs Smith & Mount Trust aims to assist disadvantaged people towards greater independence or a better quality of life. You can find out more about them here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our August 2015 newsletter.

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July 2015

Childrensalon Collection

Thanks go to everyone at team Childrensalon who collected a fantastic 314.2kg of food. They also donated £200 which was spent to buy another 217.7kg of food to help replenish our reserves.

Big thanks to everyone who donated!!

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Tesco Collection

Huge thanks to all the staff and customers at Tesco Metro, Tesco St. Johns and Tesco Southborough who got in the spirit and helped us collect an amazing 367.4kg of food.

 

See some more pictures here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our July 2015 newsletter.

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June 2015

The End Hunger Games Winners 2015

The End Hunger Games 2015 has now ended.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our event raising money for Nourish. The winners who raised a fantastic £570.14 were TN2 and the Sherwood Partnership

Read the full report here

#TunbridgeWellsCares #EndHungerGames

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AGM

We held our first AGM on 15th June 2015. Thank you to everyone that came along. You can view our annual report and accounts here.

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Newsletter

 Please click here to view our June 2015 newsletter.

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 May 2015

Our Latest Funders

Huge thanks to our latest funders for 2015-2016:

Sir Thomas Smythe's Charity

Thank you to the Sir Thomas Smythe's Charity for their grant of £3,000 payable over three years which will help fund our fresh food voucher scheme

Gatwick Airport Community Trust

Thank you to GACT for their grant of £1,500 which will help fund our second storage unit at Big Yellow Self Storage. 

Cole Charitable Trust

Thank you to the Cole Charitable Trust for their grant of £600 which will pay for a new light and new shelving in our second unit at Big Yellow.

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Our Latest Stats

We have published our finalised statistics for 2014-2015. The number of referrals is up 25% and the number of people provided with emergency provisions is up 21% year on year.

See a full breakdown here

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Thanks To Child & Child

Nourish would like to say a huge Thank You to Graham Jones from Child & Child solicitors for the fantastic donation.

We look forward to welcoming Graham to the volunteers team in the near future.

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our May 2015 newsletter.

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April 2015

Tunbridge Wells Scouts Collection

A huge thank you to Tunbridge Wells Scouts for their collection for Nourish at their St. George's Day Parade on 17th April.

We weighed in an amazing 226kgs of food which is already being distributed in our foodbags.

Fantastic collection guys, thank you all for your support.

See their YouTube video of the day here

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Quiz Night and Silent Auction

Thank you to everyone who came to support Nourish at our Quiz night on April 17th. We raised a fantastic £1,073.95 and had a great time doing so.

Click here to see more photos.

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Childrensalon Donation

Team Childrensalon raised an amazing £179 for Nourish over Easter with a raffle for a fantastic chocolate egg

The money came at a much needed time and we used it to purchase lots of food to fill our shelves.

 Huge thanks to the whole team at Childrensalon Tunbridge Wells.

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Easter Deliveries

Huge thanks for all our Easter donations. We sent out 35 Family bags and 19 Individual bags in our Easter deliveries including 1 emergency on Easter Sunday.

Thank you to Sainsburys Tunbridge Wells for their donation of Easter Eggs and Fresh Hot Cross Buns

Other donations were received from the below. Many Thanks to everyone!

Fegans - 42.1kg of Easter Eggs

Fidelity UK - 62.9kg of Easter Eggs and Food

Asda - 20 Easter Eggs

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Newsletter

 

Please click here to view our April 2015 newsletter.

 

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 March 2015

Thanks To NPA Satellite Mapping

Huge thanks to NPA Satellite Mapping, part of CGG, who are collecting Easter eggs to go in our holiday parcels.

Thanks guys from all at Nourish

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Thanks To The Parliament Choir

Thank you to the parliament choir for their donation of £65 from the sale of flapjacks and brownies. 

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Volunteer Thank You Lunch

A great turn out this week as Nourish said thank you to all our wonderful volunteers.

Our aim as an organisation is to support the vulnerable in our society; those in crisis that need a support net and without our volunteers we couldn’t do what we do.

The board of trustees would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who gives up their time to help our local community.

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Newsletter

 

Please click here to view our March 2015 newsletter.

 

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February 2015

Sainsbury's Bake Sale

Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to make cakes for the Nourish Cake sale at Sainsburys Tunbridge Wells on 13th February. We raised an amazing £127.68.

We also collected a cheque for a fantastic £912.98 rasied from our donation pods so far. Thank you to everyone that has supported us.

You can view our Sainsburys charity page here

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our February 2015 newsletter.

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January 2015

Thanks To Total Contact

Nourish would like to say a massive thank to Total Contact for making a donation to Nourish. They held a silent auction and donated an amazing £287.87 to Nourish

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Newsletter

Please click here to view our January 2015 newsletter.

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Useful links

30 top tools 'n' tricks to slash food bills

Supermarkets are brilliant at making us spend, yet with a few focused techniques you can save £1,000s a year.

A Helpful Site About Managing Debt 

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Get ready for Universal Credit

This Personal Planner will show you what you need to do to be ready for Universal Credit.

Help to scrap the £350 cap on Kent Freedom Pass

Sign the petition here... ePetition. Sign by 05/04/2014

For many families, the decision to cap the usage of the Freedom pass at £350 will cause financial hardship (around an extra £500 a year in travel costs for 1 child in some cases). This should be reversed immediately until a more suitable solution can be found. There are other areas currently funded by Government/County Council that are far more deserving of losing money than this. For some, it will mean having to change schools, affecting the children's future.

Jack Monroe's ready-meal challenge

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/07/jack-monroe-ready-meal-challenge

Pushed for both time and money, many of us have come to rely on processed convenience food. But, with a little effort, you can make cheaper, tastier and healthier versions of the same dishes in your own kitchen

Citizens Advice Guide

http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/england.htm  

Citizens' Advice self-help guide with the information you need to solve your problems.

Love Food Hate Waste

http://england.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Love Food Hate Waste aims to raise awareness about the need to reduce the amount of food and packaging that we throw away and how the consumer and environment benefit by changing this. Their website includes facts about food waste, recipes, a two week meal planner and tips on saving time and money.

Turn 2 Us

http://www.turn2us.org.uk/default.aspx

Turn2us is a charitable service which helps people access the money available to them through welfare benefits, grants and other help. Their free easy-to-use benefits calculator may be of help to you if you are unemployed and looking for work, on a low income, retired, bringing up children, ill, have a disability or care for someone.

Food Co-ops

http://www.sustainweb.org/foodcoopstoolkit/

In the case of food co-ops, a group of people join forces, volunteer their time and pool their buying power in order to be able to buy foods they may otherwise find it hard to get hold of at a price they can afford. This toolkit was produced as part of the Big Lottery funded Making Local Food Work programme to help more communities set up their own food co-ops and buying groups. Nourish would be interested in hearing from any community groups that are interested in exploring food co-ops and bulk buy.

Recipes

Try out some great recipes from one of our donators - Kirsten Butler

Click here for details

Budget menu: Tips to cooking well for £1 a portion

The link below takes you to a very interesting article with some excellent suggestions on how to cook more cost-effectively....

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/0/23230098

Jack Monroe's ready-meal challenge

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/jan/07/jack-monroe-ready-meal-challenge

Pushed for both time and money, many of us have come to rely on processed convenience food. But, with a little effort, you can make cheaper, tastier and healthier versions of the same dishes in your own kitchen

Famous Bacon Pudding

(July 2013) Here is a recipe from Elaine of the The Bliss Cafe, Southborough (www.cafebliss.co.uk) for her Famous Bacon Pudding:

Ingredients:

300g of self raising flour

150g of suet mix (Atora)

Sage and Onion stuffing

Onions

large bag of bacon misshapes from your butcher

Mix the s/r flour and suet mix with a little water, salt and pepper until it blends.

Roll out into a rectangle.

Pack it with the raw stuffing.

Fry off the bacon and onion to get rid of the moisture.

Place bacon and onion onto the stuffing and roll the rectangle like a swiss roll.

Secure well with tin foil and wrap cling-film around it to make it water tight.

Pop into a steamer for about one and a half hours.

 

Please let us know if you try it!

Food Plot blog

The Food Plot blog is about "sharing recipes which I throw together and if successful write down, my thoughts on food waste and how to reduce it in our homes and interviews with food related charities or sustainable businesses. There with also be a few words reserved for my love of cake."

http://ambergregory30.wordpress.com

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We are looking to make a folder of easy to cook, cheap and tasty recipes to go with our food bags. If you enjoy cooking, or know someone who does, please think about donating one of your favourite recipes to us. Or perhaps you would like to collate these together for our website? We will be very happy to give you a list of ingredients to work with.

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