- a kitchen on wheels that goes into communities at tea time to sell tasty, balanced, home style meals.
Not-just-for-profit company that seeks to benefit the communities it serves
Food in the Hood is a mobile food company that prepares, cooks and sells home style meals at tea time, to communities throughout Renfrewshire, using a converted van. We aim to take a share of the takeaway market, by offering the same convenient service, but with a better product. Our menu consists of established favourites – steak pie, chilli, vegetable curry – cooked in the best way possible using as little salt, sugar and fat as taste allows, so no need to feel guilty!
But, we want to do more than just sell great food – we are a not-just-for-profit company – we want to change eating habits for the better and benefit the communities we serve. Community is at the heart of what we do, and we believe we can have a mutually beneficial relationship. We will give back to the communities we serve by supporting local groups and charities. We will think outside the box to keep prices down and more affordable, because we believe everyone should have access to good food. By sourcing produce locally – individuals, allotments & organisations, we hope we can encourage people in the community to grow for the community.
Our packaging is biodegradable and our menu is designed to minimise on food waste. Our equipment runs on LPG, which is more efficient, and one day we hope to have the van converted to the same.
After an initial investment which has gone towards purchasing the van and most of the equipment, we just need a little bit more money to get us on the road. Your investment will help pay for the following
2 x Bain marie £800
Battery/inverter/labour cost £800
Newspaper advert £300
Leaflet drop £500
If you invest in Food in the Hood not only will get to taste our great food, you will be helping to establish an ethical business and help change society& 39;s eating habits and health for the better.
One van in Renfrewshire could become lots of vans nationally!
About the project owner
My name is Annette Currie and for the last 8 months I have lived and breathed Food in the Hood!
I enjoy cooking and after a camping/festival trip last September, where I cooked for 25 people for the weekend, I realised how much cheaper it is to cook for many. A few weeks later, after a chat in the kitchen with friends about the poor quality of takeaway food in our area, and how sometimes you just want a home cooked meal (but can't be bothered cooking), I looked into the viability of opening a takeaway. The initial outlay and running costs were too high, too risky - especially since a home style takeaway has never been done before. So, my sister in law suggested using a van – lower overheads, less risk and we can go out and find business!
I was on maternity leave when I came up with the idea for Food in the Hood – probably something to do with cooking for a family. Borrowing money from family has allowed me to purchase the van and most of the equipment.
The ethical basis on which Food in the Hood is built comes from my belief that businesses can make a profit AND benefit the communities they serve in – Conscious Capitalism. I hope we can spread this message and get others to do the same.
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