A new home for LOVE Food CIC

by LOVE Food CIC in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

A new home for LOVE Food CIC
We did it
On 20th February 2024 we successfully raised £15,361 with 149 supporters in 42 days

We're crowdfunding for a new home for LOVE Food CIC to run our cookery sessions, community fridge, lunch clubs and other food projects

by LOVE Food CIC in Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

If we get any extra money this will go towards our core costs and salaries to enable us to run more community food activities this year and in the future, and will ensure we have more long term security.


WHO WE ARE:

LOVE Food CIC is a community-based organisation dedicated to increasing access to, and promoting the benefits of, Local, Organic, Vegan, Ethical food for animals, health and the environment.  

At LOVE Food CIC, we believe that access to healthy, sustainable, and ethical food is a basic human right. Our mission is to create a food system that is fair, just, and nourishing for all members of our community. Our focus is on making healthy and sustainable eating accessible for everyone, regardless of budget and cooking skills. 

We organise food activities to:

  • bring the local community together
  • help people eat better
  • address food poverty
  • reduce food waste

We have been running for 2.5 years and now have a paid part-time coordinator, a team of over 20 volunteers, and 5 freelance cookery tutors. Over the past year we have organised over 50 events, which have directly benefited over 500 people. We’re hoping to establish our new premises in St Thomas, Exeter.

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WHAT WE DO:

Our activities include:

In just the last year we've organised: regular monthly lunch clubs in Ide and St Thomas; Alphington Apple Day; Walk & Cook foraging sessions all over Exeter; Cooking for Type 2 Diabetes, a Vegan Ethiopian Masterclass, and other cooking sessions at Exeter Community Centre; Polish Pierogi classes in St Thomas; cooking with seasonal, organic veg at Ide Village Hall and Park Life Heavitree Hub, which led to the setting up of Ide Food Buying Group; a series of budget cooking sessions at the Beacon and Newcourt Community Centres, as well as setting up our community fridge and creating a new recipe booklet. 

All of LOVE Food CIC's activities focus on healthy, easy, affordable, tasty vegan food. Eating plant-based not only offers a wide range of health benefits, but can also help the environment and reduce our carbon footprint.

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Some of the organisations we have run cooking sessions for include:

  • Wellbeing Exeter
  • CoLab Women's Project
  • Bournemouth Churches Housing Association
  • RD&E Hospital
  • Barnfield Surgery
  • Exeter University Students Guild
  • Plant Based Health Professionals
  • St Thomas Community Garden
  • Respect Festival
  • YMCA
  • Space
  • Devon Food Rescue Project
  • St Thomas Library.

Our community fridge gets regular food donations from Exeter Food Action, Cowick St Co-op, Grocer on the Green, St Thomas Community Garden, Shillingford Organics, households, and allotments, and the food is available for anyone to take for free. We also run free cooking sessions with surplus produce from the fridge. We have recently had to move the fridge, as St Thomas Library left their premises and so St Thomas Parish Church very kindly offered to host the fridge on a temporary basis, but we still need to find a permanent new home.

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WHY WE NEED FUNDING:

We are now seeking funding, so we can set up a new St Thomas Community Food Hub to host the community fridge and run our cooking sessions, lunch clubs and other food activities. We have found a suitable property in St Thomas, and have already received £5000 towards the rent from Hubbub. We need extra funding to fit a new kitchen, buy other necessary equipment, furniture and signage, and cover project costs, including salaries.

Having our own premises will make a huge difference to how we operate and is essential to helping us to grow and become more sustainable as an organisation. Whilst we love working in partnership with other community organisations, at the moment we have to spend a lot of time and effort hiring venues, publicising our sessions in different areas, and transporting food and equipment around Exeter (often by bus!). Most community centres get very booked up, so it's often hard to find space when we need it and the kitchens are not always that well equipped, so we can't cook all the dishes we would like.

If we had our own premises, we could: 

  • expand our community food activities and run regular weekly cooking sessions, community lunches, as well as other workshops and meals.
  • accept more free food donations and ensure all surplus food gets cooked, if necessary, and made into healthy lunches & ready meals that people can get from the fridge.
  • cater for local events from our own kitchen, to generate more income.
  • offer space to other groups to rent out e.g. for other food activities, arts & crafts, health & wellbeing, environmental or other community projects.
  • act as a welcoming community space for local people to help reduce social isolation.
  • store all our equipment and resources in one place, as well as the apple juice we make every autumn, and other donations we're offered e.g. free kitchen equipment and cook books.
  • take on more volunteers who will be involved in our different activities, and will benefit by gaining new skills, work experience, and meeting new people.

St Thomas is lacking community facilities, especially with the recent loss of some buildings, and the venues we do have are already fully booked a lot of the time. So we hope that LOVE Food's premises can act as both a community food hub and social space for local people.

We're very happy to be receiving match funding from Aviva who will match every pledge up to £250, so if you pledge £5 we will receive £10, and if you pledge £50 we will receive £100. We will also receive match funding from Sovereign Housing if we reach our fundraising target. So, please support us, every pledge makes a difference in achieving our goal!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£5 or more

Recipe e-booklet

A big thank you, sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklet.

£8 or more

Pay-it-forward community lunch club meal

This reward will help us provide more free meals for the local community at our lunch clubs. The cost per meal is approx. £8 for soup and pudding. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£10 or more

Food waste and recipe e-booklets

A big thank you, sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our new food waste e-booklet when it is ready, and our recipe booklet.

£20 or more

31 of 100 claimed

Invitation to our launch event

An invitation to our St Thomas Food Hub launch event with delicious food & drink, plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£30 or more

Pay-it-forward community cooking class

This reward will help us to run more free and low cost plant-based cooking classes for the local community. The cost per person is approx. £30 for a two hour session. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Private meal cooked by LOVE Food CIC

A private meal for up to 10 people at St Thomas Food Hub cooked by LOVE Food CIC. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£300 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Team building cooking class with LOVE Food CIC

A team building cooking class for up to 8 people with LOVE Food CIC at our new premises. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Voucher for Daily Bowl

£10 voucher kindly donated by Daily Bowl, plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£15 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Voucher for Tip Top Tempeh

A voucher kindly donated by Tip Top Tempeh, for a bulk 800g slab of fresh, handcrafted yellow split pea tempeh, wrapped in home-compostable parchment paper, which can be cut and frozen for later cooking! Exchange your voucher at the next Brillsville Farmers Market Sat 9 March). Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Signed copy of The Vegan Air Fryer

A signed copy of The Vegan Air Fryer cook book, very kindly donated by author Niki Webster. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£25 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Voucher for How on Earth Deli

£20 voucher kindly donated by How on Earth Deli plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£50 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Hungry For Change: George Monbiot in Conversation

Tickets to Hungry For Change: George Monbiot in Conversation with Dr Alan Desmond and dinner at The Hall Exeter on Thurs 21 March 6-9pm, very kindly donated by Dr Alan Desmond. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£50 or more

4 of 4 claimed

LOVE Food CIC masterclass

A place on one of our future LOVE Food CIC vegan cooking masterclasses. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£60 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Foraging class with Gather & Nourish near Totnes

A place on an all day foraging course near Totnes, very kindly donated by Hannah Walker. There are four dates to choose from March-May Sundays 10.30-4pm. Foraging and Drawing from Nature, Forage & Feast, Wilds Skills, or Wild Fermentation. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

£65 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Half day class with One Mile Bakery Exeter

A place on a Half Day or Short Sourdough class in St Thomas very kindly donated by One Mile Bakery Exeter. Plus sign up to our mailing list and a free copy of our recipe e-booklets.

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