After months of working collaboratively with Feeding Devon and receiving food to share within the Devon & Cornwall Food Action community, the Horrabridge Love Your Neighbor initiative has secured a community food center for the village.
This Wednesday (January 5) from 3-4.15pm, the first Community Food Hub will operate as a pop-up food store at the Horrabridge Youth Club and is open to anyone wishing to purchase fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables , preserves and toiletries (against a donation).
Ali Mansfield, a Methodist pioneer, community outreach worker for Horrabridge and leader of the Love Your Neighbor initiative, teamed up with Rachel Harrison-French of Community Kitchen Hub and began earnestly striving to create a local pop-up supply for November Village after visiting thriving stores in nearby locations such as Princetown.
The goal of these stores is to reduce food waste and help feed individuals and families in local areas, primarily those on low incomes and/or struggling to pay rising bills. By working with nearby food distributors, foods close to sale or use-by date can be purchased at a reduced rate (compared to a retailer), benefiting the community as a whole.
Ali said: “This is for individuals and families who need a little extra support. It is important to let communities know that no matter what they are going through, there is support out there. Community brings unity and when we work as a force amazing things can happen.
In the coming weeks, a new private Community Food Hub Facebook page will be created for those wishing to place orders for £15 food boxes, along with a system to register for free. This helps the team know who needs what and verify dietary requirements.
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