Our Food Hub tackles food poverty and food waste by intercepting surplus and unwanted food from partners across Bradford, sorting and storing it, and redistributing it to people in need.
The Storehouse is our ‘wholesale’ food hub. We distribute food and meals to community groups across Bradford, who use it in their provision to communities and groups around the district – whether that be afternoon snacks for activity centres working with disadvantaged children, lunch clubs for refugees and asylum seekers or community meals for the elderly or isolated.
We also provide pay-as-you-feel mini markets and supply pop-up pantries to community centres and groups around the city, to enable people to shop for fresh fruit and vegetables at whatever price they can afford.
If your group would be interested in benefiting from these provisions, please get in touch.
twenty two Shaw House is our social supermarket, which stocks a selection of fresh, tinned, dried and ambient products, plus toiletries, cleaning and household products, just like a corner shop.
Membership costs £6 per week and allows members to take home a good basketful of produce every week, plus other benefits including a Credit Union savings account and access to advice drop-in sessions, discounts and cookery classes.
Referral is by voucher, issued by one of Inn Churches’ referral agencies (In Communities, Neesie, Social Services).
Individuals can also self-refer on 01274 270770.
Where our food comes from
Our partners donate food that is ‘unwanted’, which could be because they have over-ordered / over-produced, or because the food is nearing or past its best before date. All of our food is safe and of excellent quality, merely surplus to somebody else’s requirements.
Our food partners include supermarkets, wholesalers, local markets and other local traders.
Since we started, we have intercepted over 600 tonnes of food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
If your charity or community organisation would be interested in benefiting from our food supply, please get in touch.
Likewise, if you are a food business that would like an outlet for your good quality surplus food then please let us know.
Working in partnership
Inn Churches is part of the steering group for Feeding Bradford and Keighley, which works across Bradford and Keighley to try and coordinate food provision and ensure that everybody who needs food is able to access it, whatever their circumstances.
We are also part of the Healthy Holidays programme in Bradford, developed in response to a growing body of research on the triple inequalities of holiday hunger, isolation and inactivity. 60% of families with an annual income of £25,000 can’t always afford food during the school holidays, and families on less than £15,000 report a ‘constant struggle’. Healthy Holidays involves more than 40 charities and community groups across Bradford providing meals, cooking workshops and food education, pay-as-you-feel fresh food markets and other activities to ensure that every child in Bradford can be properly fed.