Hope Foodclub

by Northampton Hope in Northampton, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 31st March 2018 we successfully raised £20,075 with 68 supporters in 53 days

A food club and horticulture project supplying healthy veg and subsidised food to people on low incomes in Northampton UK

by Northampton Hope in Northampton, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

With a further £15000 Hope foodclub can really get motoring, enabling us to fund a supported work placement for somebody who has been unemployed for a year or more and who is looking to train to work in horticulture as one of Hope's growing team.

We will offer up to Level 2 basic Horticulture and give someone a start in a new career

c1679f217c0cb5667fa8b7b0ee6a938d44fc9b13Help Hope to reduce food poverty in Northampton 

Hope is a poverty and homelessness charity and social enterprise that has been helping people on low incomes for over 40 yrs, with a loyal and dedicated body of supporters in the local area.  

In our long standing day centre for the single homeless and disadvantaged  we feed and clothe over 100 people a day, who have no proper home or survive on very low, or no income. We provide food, support and training to help them survive, change, grow and escape poverty.

This new project extends Hope's reach to deliver more help to a wider group of people on low incomes, including families with young children.

This new project is focused on food poverty

Food is central to our mission: it's the one thing people can't do without. Everyone should have access to affordable, healthy food.  We currently supply food through our day centre to people on low incomes, often destitute or homeless, and we train people in catering and tool repair as a step out of unemployment.

In the new project we will grow healthy veg and salad, and supply this alongside tinned and packaged food, plus toiletries, at 1/3 shop prices to a new and wider group of people on low incomes. 

Our customers are people who live out on Northampton's estates, and who struggle to put food on the table within the resources they have. 


How the new project will work - and why it's not a foodbank

This new project is a food club, not a foodbank, and it's based on membership, a bit like a food co-operative. People on low incomes will be able to join our food club and through membership can  get access to subsidised food, delivered through pop-up shops in community projects, on deprived estates where they live.  

It's a radically different model from the foodbank system, and we think offers more dignity and sustainability. In foodbanks, people can only get food in crisis, only a few times a year, and even though the people who run  foodbanks may treat people kindly and well, it's still often a degrading experience to consumers to feel that they have reached this point. Unlike in foodbanks, our food will be available throughout the year to help address long term poverty week in, out.  The club's affordable food will free people from the worry of food poverty all year round, and allow more spend on fuel, rent and clothes for the family. The only criteria for membership is low income, such as benefit entitlement. Through membership, they will also have a say in how the project is run, volunteer and get involved.

Some of the other benefits of the project

We will grow  healthy veg and salad on reclaimed urban land,  using recycled garden tools that our homeless service users repair in our sheltered workshop and social enterprise. The veg will be grown by people getting training in horticulture through Hope, and so escaping long term unemployment through getting new skills.

The project will also help tackle food waste, avoid landfill and reduce food miles.

This is a social enterprise, operated for a charity

This is a project built on a commercial arrangement between people in need and Hope. It is based not on a hand-out, but very much a hand-up, and this gives greater respect and self-worth to our customers. As members, they have a sense of ownership and dignity. It's more sustainable, long term: it makes commercial and business sense alongside addressing need.


This project is about alleviating poverty in a direct way, through sensible, ethical commerce. That's why we have also teamed up with the local Credit Union, Harvest Money, (http://www.harvestmoney.co.uk/ ) to  allow people to access their low cost loans and bank accounts as part of the scheme, and with existing local community groups, including Blackthorn Good Neighbours, to run the project. The project is locally rooted and co-ordinated by local people.

All the money raised through this appeal will be directed to the project. All 'profit' from sales from the club is recycled into training clients and running the project or our wider charity. No individual will receive any financial benefit from the crowdfunding appeal.

Please help Hope to make a difference to families in food poverty.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

Pledge £10 - become a friend of Hope

Become a friend of Hope, and receive regular updates about our work, invitations to events and the satisfaction of helping a great cause

£25 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Pledge £25 - Discounts on Hope catering

Get 10% discount on 2 buffet orders from Hope Catering, Hope's catering social enterprise, providing training and work opportunities for long term unemployed

£50 or more

2 of 10 claimed

Pledge £50 - Mixed rewards package

A free place at the opening reception for food club, membership of Hope for 1 year, free Hope wristband, an artivism artist's book and a copy of an author donated book from Althorp literary festivals 2016 and 2017

£75 or more

Life membership of Hope

If you pledge £75 you will be entitled to Life membership of Hope, worth £40. This gives rights to vote at AGMs and become trustees, and the satisfaction of supporting Hope over time

£100 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Pledge £100 - Free Garden tools

A free high quality recycled garden tool from Hope Tools, such as a spade or fork

£150 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Barrett and Co Photography Gift Experience

1 hr family portrait session and 6x10in framed photo

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Pledge £500 - your portrait in oils

Your portrait painted by our in-house painter and service user, Juris. Juris trained as a n artist in Latvia but has taught himself to paint again left handed in oils after suffering a stroke. He regularly exhibits at the prestigious Northampton Town & County Art Society and has won many prizes. One of his works s due to be hung in the office of the leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn MP.

£150 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Alfred Button luxury food and drink hamper

A large luxury hamper from Alfred Button, containing 10 bottles of wine and spirits, plus lots of luxury food items

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