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About Us

When COVID started in 2020 the government launched an Emergency Food Box Program to distribute free food boxes to those in the local community who were struggling with food poverty.  In April 2020 St Frideswide’s Water Eaton and Bletchley and Fenny Town Council partnered together to assist Sofea/FareShare deliver these boxes every week direct to people’s doors. By September 2020 it was obvious that the Emergency Food Box Program was not a sustainable model, so we worked with SOFEA to replace the box scheme with a Community Larder membership model.

Water Eaton Community Hub has a membership-based facility where surplus supermarket/manufacturer’s food is prevented from going to landfill, instead it is distributed to members. In addition, there is a café where people can access a free lunch and hot drinks, you can meet people, make friends, and access the support services.

We believe that food waste should not exist, and everyone deserves affordable access to nutritious, healthy food.

By preventing food waste and providing food for those facing financial hardships, we actively combat food waste and support individuals in need.

Our Vision

To eliminate both food waste and food poverty within Milton Keynes and surrounding areas.

Our Mission Statement

We are committed to providing a sustainable solution by offering affordable food, reducing waste, and empowering individuals to create positive change and a brighter future.

Donate

Your donation will make a real difference to families and individuals in Milton Keynes who are struggling with food poverty and help us to prevent surplus food from going to landfill.

Our Services

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Hub larder

The Hub Larder is a membership scheme that provides surplus food from the supermarkets that would otherwise go to waste and provides affordable access to healthy food every week. The Community Larder is not “means tested” and is therefore open to everyone.

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Soup for the Soul Café

The Soup for the Soul Café is a lovely place to meet people and to chat. The Cafe serves hot and cold drinks and a light lunch. There are also informative talks from services such as Citizens Advice, Diabetes UK, Stop Smoking, who provide information about the services they offer. Money Lifeline attend every week providing help for people in debt or financial crisis.

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Support Services

We listen to our members’ needs and concerns and invite the support services that members want to hear about. We provide a supportive and nurturing environment, offering assistance and resources to empower individuals on their journey.

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Our values

Environmental

We prioritize environmental sustainability by reducing waste and promoting responsible practices.

Community

We foster a strong sense of community by creating connections and promoting collaboration among individuals and businesses.

Focused

We remain dedicated and focused on our mission, consistently striving to make a meaningful impact.

Supportive

We provide a supportive and nurturing environment, offering assistance and resources to empower individuals on their journey.

Value

We provide excellent value for money, ensuring affordability without compromising on the support we provide.

Donate Food

Water Eaton Community Hub Larder relies on businesses giving us excess food, and people donating food to us. This use of excess food helps to save our planet and reduces food poverty. Can you help us?

Donate Money

Your donation will make a real difference to families and individuals in Milton Keynes who are struggling with food poverty and help us to prevent surplus food from going to landfill.

Donate Time

Volunteers are essential to the work that we do, from working in the Larder and Café to collecting food. If you are looking to help with the food waste environmental problem and the cost-of-living crisis, come and see us. We want to talk to you.

Latest News

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Christmas

We would like to say a massive “Thank You” to everyone who donated money and /or food to this year’s Christmas Hamper Appeal.

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Meet our collaborators

The following organisations and businesses have been working with us to end food waste and food poverty in Milton Keynes.

Testimonials

Volunteering

Volunteers are essential to the work that we do, from working in the Larder and Café to collecting food. If you are looking to help with the food waste environmental problem and the cost-of-living crisis, come and see us. We want to talk to you.

Our Collaborators