All Saints Food pantry

Food Security

Access to healthy, low cost food and ingredients is a challenge for many people on low incomes across the country, and food security has become a bigger issue as support systems have been reduced.

Cook & Eat

Together Leicester is a Christian voice on the Feeding Leicester Steering group, which is part of the national Feeding Britain network. In this role we are leading on the Key Theme of Building Food Security – the development of cooking skills, financial skills and advice, food growing and digital access.

In March 2020, after careful listening to the local community, and working with Food for Life, the first 2 cooking confidence sessions were run at Christchurch Thurnby Lodge, in the east of Leicester. Sadly, due to Covid-19, this project is currently on pause until training can be delivered to volunteers who will then be able to continue delivering these sessions at Christchurch. At this point, Together Leicester will recruit a trainer-facilitator who will be trained by Food for Life to deliver training to volunteers for other hubs across Leicester. When a timescale can be planned for this, we will update this page.

In the meantime, we are focusing on other areas of food security...

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All set up for the first Cook & Eat session at Christchurch Thurnby Lodge

Food Pantries!

We are excited to announce a new project, with funding from The Albert Gubay Foundation, to set up food pantries in Leicester City. Food pantries are a form of social supermarket, designed to give people access to affordable, healthy food in a dignified and sustainable way. Members pay between £3.50-£5 a week, and for that they can choose around 10 items of food which are worth a total of £15-£20. At present, we are working with 2 venues:

- Wesley Hall Community Centre

- All Saints Church, Belgrave

Below is a picture of the space at All Saints Belgrave which we envisage using for this project, and the kind of equipment that we will put in that space to create the shop!

We hope to get more funding towards this project in due course, if you would be interested in working with us on setting up a food pantry in your area, please get in touch via the contact page.

All Saints Food pantry
All Saints food pantry

Work with us on cooking skills or a food pantry

If you are a community organisation or local church who would be interested in partnering with us to run a cooking skills courses or a food pantry, please contact our Development Worker.