The Teapot Project has been a well known lifeline to many vulnerable groups in Suffolk. Founded in 2015, it served to help set up much of the local infrastructure required to save edible surplus food from landfill, and distribute it to charities through a shared value scheme. After a successful 4 years, the project was able to hand over the reigns to 3rd sector charities and support them in a background role. However, the project rapidly resurrected in order to rescue food destined for waste, largely due to forced restaurant closures as a result of isolation measures. After saving thousands of kilos of meat and vegetables from restaurants such as Nando's, and local butchers, such as Proctor's Sausages, all in a matter of a few weeks, the team quickly identified a growing need within Suffolk, for healthy and affordable food as they continue to brace for the ongoing effects of the virus pandemic.
The Teapot Project subsequently opened a food hub within Suffolk, providing that necessary food for the local community, free of charge. Both groups and individuals who are either struggling to feed themselves or their families, or are providing cooked food for the vulnerable, the NHS and front line workers are able to access food through our project. And as a result the project has sent out emergency food aid to:
The Salvation Army
The Pavilion Community Cafe
The Oyster Inn Butley (providing cooked meals for the vulnerable)
The Steamboat Tavern (providing cooked meals for the NHS with meals for medics)
Christchurch House Youth Hostel
Chequers Adult Hostel
and Home Start, the counties largest family support charity. The project also continues to send out food packages to individuals, offering fresh ambient and nutritious food to families and individuals who have either been isolated without access to food, or are unable to afford food due to the financial impacts of the outbreak.
The Project aims to raise funds to cover regular costs until November. These costs include, but are not limited to:
£293.07 per month Fareshare Account to access healthy surplus
£40 per month PPE and Cleaning products
£200 per month for building usage, including electricity usage for 7 newly fitted white goods and refrigerated van.
Printing of handbooks, administrative documents and promotional material
Boxes for food parcels
Tupperware for cooked meals
Insurance, incorporation etc
Staff training (online food hygiene)
Facebook advertising boosts
A note from the Project Leader:
It's been a busy few weeks. To those who have helped us reinstate our project, at least as an active community group since we are no longer CIC, we thank you. We have generously been donated a building, several volunteers, some basic PPE and we are on track to providing ongoing support, to mitigate and remedy some of the impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak. Please come and follow us on our social page, engage with us and help spread the word. We wish all of you good health, and ask you to stay safe at home so we can all help the NHS, and our project can provide food aid to those who need it now more than ever.