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Fighting Food Poverty in South Bristol

by Heart of BS13 in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

We did it
On 21st September 2021 we successfully raised £10,277 ( + est. £494.25 Gift Aid ) with 146 supporters in 42 days

In BS13, 1 in 8 households experience food poverty. We're fundraising so that more families have access to quality food at affordable prices

by Heart of BS13 in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Thanks so much to everyone for all your support! We're so pleased to have reached our £10,000 target - which means we now have our Real Meals on Wheels refrigerated mobile shop at the ready!   

Our 'Street by Street' Vision for Tackling Food Poverty in South Bristol


Hartcliffe and Withywood in BS13 is recognised as a 'food desert', a place in which it is difficult for people on low incomes or without access to transport to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food because large numbers of households live more than one mile from a supermarket and there are only a handful of expensive convenience stores that sell high sugar, salt and saturated fat products but very few fresh foods. 

Our Covid-19 food response, where we cooked and distributed over 40,000 free meals in an 18 month period to households in BS13, has shown us how people have responded to mobile food delivery options and after surveying a number of households, we know that the idea of a mobile food shop would be welcomed.   

What are we aiming to do?

Our idea is to develop a ‘Real Meals on Wheels’ food shop, selling a combination of ready-made, high quality meals from our Real Meal Store kitchens plus fresh fruit, veg and other staples like bread, milk, other dairy, eggs and meat.  

Food poverty in BS13 predates the pandemic, and our new Real Meals on Wheels E-cargo bike with a refrigerated store attached - will contribute to tackling the problem. It will enable us to stock and sell good quality healthy food and locally grown produce to local people whatever their income.  We'll have riders delivering on regular rounds to streets in Hartcliffe and Withywood (BS13) - similar to the butcher or fruit and veg vans that used to make weekly visits to neighbourhoods.



Getting the Real Meals on Wheels shop out to the community is one of the practical solutions that will bring maximum impact to families struggling with food poverty in BS13.

We will offer:

- Good quality food choice to suit all budgets.

- Locally grown produce form the Heart of BS13's Kitchen Garden Enterprise, and from other local producers.

- Twice weekly visits to streets in BS13.

-  A 'nip across your road' approach to accessing healthy food. 

- All delivered on a low carbon E-bike - providing a shop on wheels.

How can you help?

We believe that people should have the option to access affordable, high quality food choices on their doorstep - to buy what they need for a healthy, balanced diet.  If you share our vision of improving food equity and supporting healthier communities - then please help us get Real Meals onto Wheels,  by making a direct donation or pledge for one of our many wonderful rewards!   

*With new rewards offered each week of the campaign!

Massive thanks for your support!

The Heart of BS13 team


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£45 or more

8 of 20 claimed

An Evening of Ethical Consumption - Phil Haughton

Join Heart of BS13 and Founder of The Better Food Company, Phil Haughton - for an evening of ethical consumption and discussion. Our incredibly talented chefs Luke Benwell and Kristjan Bigland, from The Real Meal Store - will be creating a simple supper of the freshest ingredients from our Kitchen Garden and we'll be inviting you to share your ideas and thoughts over 3 beautifully created courses in our Field Kitchen on 30/09/21.

£5 or more

0 of 10 claimed

The Real Meal Store - recipe cards and chutney

A selection of The Real Meal Store's favourite recipes - on handy little cards - ready for you to recreate in your own kitchen! Along with a jar of delicious chutney made from produce grown in the Heart of BS13 Kitchen Garden.

£45 or more

1 of 2 claimed

New Parent Hamper

Pledge for this beautiful hamper, and delight newbie parents with 4 delicious real meals as well as a bouquet of flowers grown at our Kitchen Garden Enterprise. Along with apple juice made using locally sourced Somerset apples and a handmade baby muslin cloth made in BS13. Our hamper is packed full of good things produced and delivered sustainably by our team here at Heart of BS13. *Bristol & Bath Postcodes only.

£45 or more

2 of 20 claimed

Follow the Seasons Supper Club @The Field Kitchen

Taste the freshest ingredients from the Kitchen Garden - as the talented Mr. Benwell and Mr. Bigland - The Real Meal Store Chefs - get creative with the season's best produce. A 3-course dinner will be served alongside mellow folk tunes from our resident Market Gardener and songstress - Josephine Boswell. This will be taking place on 24.09.21

£45 or more

12 of 25 claimed

Kitchen Takeover Supper Club @The Pony Bistro

The Real Meal Store will be taking the reins for one night only at the new Pony Bistro, on North Street in Bristol! Offering 3 courses of deliciousness - with the beautiful backdrop of Michelin star chef Josh Eggleton's latest venture. This new industrial take on his well-established 200-year-old Inn in the Chew Valley - will provide the perfect winter venue for our November 2021 3-course supper club!

£45 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Doorstep Dreamtime Show - Father Christmas Visit

Bring delight to your doorstep - with a festive visit from Father Christmas!! The talented Dreamtime team will deliver a Christmas message with a small gift to your door! *Bookings for postcodes in Bristol only. For a date of your choice in late Nov/December 2021.

£120 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Circus Antics - Fire Performer for your Event!

Perfect for Bonfire night parties or corporate events - this is a chance to enhance your evening and captivate your audience with a unique theatrical and mesmerising high-impact fire show! Circus Antics provide stylish, awe-inspiring circus entertainment - and they can bring this to a gathering of your choice! *You can choose the date for your performance.

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

Away Day @The Kitchen Garden for 20 people

Enjoy an outdoor team-building away day at the Heart of BS13's beautiful Kitchen Garden. You and 19 colleagues will have a hands-on experience - learning the intricacies of horticultural while helping the KGE team and volunteers to fulfil their tasks for the day! Including a delicious lunch prepared by The Real Meal Store. *For a booking date of your choice up until 8.12.21

£15 or more

2 of 2 claimed

A beautiful bouquet of flowers!

A beautiful bouquet of fresh cut seasonal flowers from our Heart of BS13 Kitchen Garden Enterprise bursting with colour - perfect as a gift or to spark joy in your own home! *Bristol postcodes only

£25 or more

4 of 4 claimed

The Real Meal Store - Meal Bundle

Pick 6 delicious and nutritious dishes from our Real Meal Store range - chef prepared and fast-frozen to retain the goodness and flavour! Have a few nights off from cooking, without the guilt - pledge for this reward and we'll deliver these free to your door! *Bristol & Bath Postcodes only.

£30 or more

5 of 5 claimed

RMS - Dine-in Box for 2 - Curry Delights

Curry Delights Night! A delicious feast of handmade pakoras, veggie curry, and homemade naan and chutney! All made by our Real Meal Store chefs and delivered to your door! *Bristol and Bath postcodes only.

£50 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Dinner for 2 @Bosco Italian Restaurant

Enjoy classic Italian dishes at wonderful Bosco - either in Bristol at Whiteladies or Clifton... or at the soon to be opened Bath restaurant in Milson Place!

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

5 course tasting menu for 2 at TARE in Bristol!

A set 5 course menu for 2 people - sampling a selection of dishes changing seasonally throughout the year. Delight your taste buds by pledging for this delicious reward! The Michelin guide describes this restaurant as "..charmingly run Tare, serving creative, attractively presented and flavourful dishes".

£250 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Away Day @The Kitchen Garden for 10 people

Enjoy an outdoor team-building away day at the Heart of BS13's beautiful Kitchen Garden. You and 9 colleagues will have a hands-on experience - learning the intricacies of horticultural while helping the KGE team and volunteers to fulfil their tasks for the day! Including a delicious lunch prepared by The Real Meal Store. *For a booking date of your choice up until 8.12.21

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