Food Troops; Cook. Grow. Thrive project

by FOOD TROOPS CIC in Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Total raised £7,806

raised so far



We are on a mission to cook, grow, and THRIVE with families in Cornwall. To boost health and wellbeing through food reducing food waste too!

by FOOD TROOPS CIC in Redruth, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 22nd December 2021 we'd raised £7,786 with 78 supporters in 107 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

Regular Donations: After you have completed your donation you will be able to set-up a regular donation arrangement to continue supporting this great cause.

 New stretch target

if we raise £3500 this will be matched and we will reach £5000 target!!! ???????????? lets do this!!!

£5000 will allow us to build a community kitchen, funding vital equipment to provide various services and food education as well as a surplus food distribution/processing area where we make the best use of surplus food.

Any further money will go towards the building of our website and exclusive web content such as recipes and cooking videos for our supporters and vegucation club members.

We will also be able to expand our reach through surplus food programmes & food education services in other towns across Cornwall and Devon. 

Help us to help RescU our food from landfill, reducing food waste and the burden on our planet and the threat to our food security.

As seen in the West Briton this week:


What Food Waste?
Did you know that the UK threw away almost 7 million tonnes of food last year, AND that more than 2 million children went to bed hungry? 


These shocking numbers are simply unacceptable, and it’s up to us to do something – fast.

We are Food Troops and we’ve made it our mission to educate you on how to save our food, and how to prepare, cook and eat so that nobody goes to bed hungry.

Since 2019, we’ve been waging war on waste, championing the veggie and feeding the most at-risk of food insecurity. 

Through our RescU pack scheme, we’ve saved over 10 000 kilograms of surplus food destined for landfills and redirected it to the stomachs of hungry families across Cornwall.


Alongside this we have educated 100 children through our cookery classes and our Vegucation Club box scheme. 


Did you know that 82% of children do not eat the recommended 5-a-day? 

This number is too high, as is the increasing number of children suffering from obesity and diet-related disease as a result of a significant lack of good quality nutritious food in their diet, these stats are significantly linked to obesity and deprivation. 


Why are we crowdfunding?

Now, with two new directors on board; Rupert Cooper (Philleigh Way cookery school) and Jane Lamming (from We Are With You) alongside founder Carrie Vallance (Food Science graduate a mum of 4), 


We are hoping to create significant impact within the areas of food security in our town and beyond. 

But we need your help. 

We’re expanding here in Redruth, Cornwall, and building a community space where people can eat, share and – most importantly – learn to grow food, cook for, and feed themselves. 

We’re asking you to join our mission - to turn the tide on hunger, raise awareness of food waste as well as childhood obesity and feed those in most need. 

One meal, one cooking class, one potato at a time, we’re working to grow our reach and make a difference to dinner tables across the UK. 

Please support us in our COOK. GROW. THRIVE project by supporting us and our cause today. 

We are proud to have been accepted in the #BackTheFuture Climate Challenge campaign with Cornwall council and encourage donors to dig deep and donate what they can to our cause. If we match our £5k target, Cornwall council and the campaign will match fund us £5k!! Just imagine the impact we can have with 10k behind us.  

What we need the money for:

£1000 will enable us to restart our cooking classes for families here in Redruth. Purchasing vital equipment and supplies 

£2000 will enable us to do the above and to create a community larder / fridge for the community to share surplus food and collect food RescU packs from our new hub in Redruth

£3000 will also help us develop a growing space and community garden in the heart of Redruth

£4000 will allow for us to deliver food supplies and essentials to the most vulnerable people in our community as well as develop our booking system and website for smooth ordering of our RescU packs.

£5000 will do all of the above plus allow us to develop our Vegucation Club boxes into larger boxes to be sent to schools and other groups and organisations, expanding our reach nationally. 

Any further money will then go onto creating online courses providing videos and tips on cookery and saving food waste alongside a new website and exclusive members area of the website.

Take a listen to our recent feature on BBC Radio Cornwall where we are discussing the need for more veggies in the diet and the things we are doing to help with this

Thank you! 


This project offered rewards

£25 or more

Kuhn Rikon kinderkitchen knife set

Set of 3 kids knives set by Kuhn Rikon boxed and displayed beautifully. A great Christmas gift for a young aspiring chef.

£15 or more

Food Troops Kid's Apron

100% cotton apron with embroidered Food Troops logo on

£25 or more

December Vegucation Club box PLUS extras

Christmas cookery box, featuring recipes, ingredients, utensils, food education, vegucation and much more Exclusive box for crowdfunder donors only, to include some extras in :)

£25 or more

Special Surplus Supper

Chef Rupert Cooper of Philleigh Way cookery school will be hosting a cook-up using surplus ingredients to show how surplus fruit and veg can be used to its full potential. Just 24 hours to purchase a ticket for this event through our crowdfunder

£100 or more

Vegucation Club KIT for your school/setting

Suitable for a large group of kids you will receive one month's worth* of Veg focused vegucation Club actvities, vegucation, healthy vegan recipes, dried ingredients, crafts, snacks, utensils and more! *4 activities, suitable for 4 sessions (1 session per week) Sent in Decemer 2021

£12 or more

Little Coach House rainbow wooden board

Beautiful wooden writing toy to facilitate your child’s early education Thank you to Little Goats Gruff for the donation

£18 or more

Mixed box brownies from the Funky Brownie Co.

Pick 6 of your favourite brownies to go, delicious treats from the Funky Brownie Co.

£30 or more

Little coach house numbers 1-20 board

Learn to write and draw numbers and patterns with this gorgeous board by Little Coach House Kindly donated by Little Goat Gruff A beautiful eco conscious lifestyle store in St Ives

£32 or more

Kids lunch box set & eco beeswax wrap

Courtesy of Incredible Bulk refill delivery store we have a Huski rice husk ecofriendly lunch box, kids bamboo cutlery and an pack of Gwenen eco beeswax wraps available the perfect set up for your child's lunch box or a picnic

£45 or more

Redruth Yoga 7 week course

7 sessions weekly to start in November or January A fantastic deal from an amazing yoga teacher

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