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.
We have two sites, our ‘wholesale’ provision at The Storehouse, and our ‘retail’ supermarket at at twenty two Shaw House (opening July 2020).
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.
In our first year, we intercepted 80 tonnes of food that would have otherwise gone to landfill.
What we do with our food
We distribute food and meals to community groups across Bradford, who use it in their provision to communities and groups across 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 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.
Our café team also turn some of the food into delicious and healthy meals, serving them on a pay-as-you-feel basis in our café.
Working in partnership
We partner with FareShare and Bradford Council’s Department of Public Health to provide a central food distribution hub for organisations across the district. In 2016 this hub contributed towards over 110,000 meals provided by community groups for those in need.
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.
Healthy Holidays was developed with funding from the Department of Education, alongside Morrisons Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund and Pears Foundation, following an initial trial of Fit and Fed in spring 2017 and a pilot Holiday Hunger project in 2018.
In our warehouse, we also provide storage for food banks and other community food projects.
The Meal Provision in Bradford booklet gives details of all of the organisations providing food on a free or pay-as-you-feel basis, without a referral being needed. Copies of the booklet are available at the Storehouse Café, or can be downloaded from the Wellsprings website.