From production to processing and distribution to disposal, our cities are littered with examples of how not to do it. And with empty supermarket shelves and emergency food relief in overdrive due to COVID-19, it’s never been a better time to support innovative local solutions to problems, and move toward a more sustainable food system.
Our Feeding the City Start Up is a 12-month programme supporting people with big ideas for new food enterprises that benefit communities, and helping them grow! At this stage of the programme, our amazing participants have launched their new businesses, and we’ll continue to support their growth through workshops, bursaries, mentoring and advice.
Meet the 7 amazing social enterprises we’ll be supporting this year:
Bread and Roses
A Bristol based bakery milling fresh flour and making delicious bread from UK grown diverse grains. They aim to be a model example of a sustainable bakery business connecting with their community and to provide a route to market for diverse UK grown grains for their local farmers. Their emphasis will be around the education of cereal growing in the UK and its associated agricultural systems leading to increased environmental awareness and reduction in unsustainable grain imports.
The Refugee Café
The Lewisham-based Refugee café will be serving delicious, international food whilst providing training and a path to employment for local refugees. The café will be a space for the local community to socialise, learn and interact over food and drinks while local refugees and other vulnerable migrants will gain training to harness skills and knowledge relevant for the catering industry.
Urban Mushroom Farm
The Urban Mushroom Farm is a Brighton-based urban farm growing sustainable nutritious mushrooms and vegetable greens from local by-products. Using coffee grains, sawdust and straw as a growing substrate for the mushrooms, the production processes are environmentally sustainable and low tech with minimal impact on water and energy usage. Urban Mushroom Farm is eager to show and enable their community to participate in the growing process, learn about mushroom varieties and their role in a nutritious and healthy diet.
Kitchen at 44
The Kitchen at 44 CIC is a community kitchen, cook school and tiny rooftop farm. They sell cookery classes, hold food related events and hire out the community kitchen. Through their cooking classes and space hire, they will subsidise use of the kitchen to vulnerable or underserved groups in Sterling to help them gain valuable cooking skills and foster community engagement. Currently in response to COVID-19, The Kitchen at 44 is acting as a food distribution centre for the Stirling community and creating meals from food donated by various supermarkets.
Diverse independent food producers and suppliers in North & East London have limited access to wider markets and customer bases and lack a convenient delivery option resulting in business insecurity and a risk of displacement or business failure through gentrification. Float is a delivery service which uses a milk float to bring select high quality produce from diverse independent suppliers to local communities. Float will come to your door wherever you are, delivering at home or at your office.
Shoots Market is a new supermarket that provides communities in Wales with healthy, local, sustainable and affordable food and products in store and online. They provide convenience without compromise that is good for people, the planet and the economy.
A healthy fast food restaurant aimed at primary school children selling recipe boxes and sit-down and take-away meals in Brentford. Concerned with increased childhood obesity, Kids’ canteen aims to improve health and wellbeing of families, strengthen the community and promote long term behavioural change through good and healthy fast food.
A mobile microbakery in Kinscraig producing wholesome bread and pastries using local ingredients to
nourish local communities. Reviving Food aims to support more sustainable farming, by buying grain and flour from organic uk growers and millers and support other local producers, by using their produce and through collaboration.
First launched in 2018, Feeding the City Start Up has supported people to make a huge impact in their local communities and solve problems, see our full Impact Report here!