Please help us raise money for a cold store, or we simply can't send out fruit and veg until we receive a successful funding source. We have been declined one bid, and told we could get help from another source, but weeks keep passing and we now have to return our only chill store to it's rightful owner.
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 from restaurants such as Nando's, and local butchers, such as Proctor's Sausages, 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.
Where we are now:
The Teapot Project subsequently opened a food hub within Suffolk, providing necessary food for the local community, on a 'Pay As You Feel' basis, many paying as little as £1 for food delivered to their door, free of charge. The project has sent out emergency food aid to numerous charities and community groups across Suffolk, and currently sends out up to 400 or more boxes each week of food to the local community of Suffolk -food that was otherwise destined for landfill.
The help we desperately need:
The project has been using a chiller van on temporary loan from a local angel (thanks so much Vernon!), and knowing this was only for another few weeks, put in a bid for a cold store to be built into one of the rooms in the new building as per the quote we have posted here. But the van is required to be returned earlier than originally anticipated (this coming week, not next) and the funding bid to turn one of the rooms in our new building, has just been declined. Without an appropriate cold store, the project can no longer send out fruit and veg to the local community or store produce for the kitchen who don't have enough space for all we have coming in.
We desperately need to raise the money to start the works or we simply can't accept all the food we rescue from waste. The food is providing considerable value to the community and environment, so we really are asking you now -if you can help, please do. We will have to cancel all veg boxes as of Monday if we can't find a solution. We are also looking to get another chiller van on loan to tide us over for the fitting to be done when we can afford it, but until then, we have no choice but to stop all veg boxes from Monday onward and reduce the cooked meals as they wont be able to take in what we normally do.
We don't want to let people down, so please help if you can.
"Hi, I just wanted to say how much we enjoyed your meals this evening - the food was sooo delicious. We bought the frozen meals box and it's really great value for money. I also bought my adult nephew your three box deal earlier this week because he thought your offer was too good to be true. He was so impressed with everything that arrived. Well done to all your team for working so hard to make healthy food available to all of our community - we really appreciate what you're doing "
"Such a super service and great boxes on offer, frozen meals are very tasty and good portions sizes, the veg box was super with lovely asparagus, new potatoes,beans,cabbage lovely selection , keep up the great work"
"Hi, we received 2 of your boxes today and I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. We have fallen on a bit of a tough time at the moment, my Husband is a milkman and I top up his earnings as a cleaner but wasn’t entitled to any furlough pay. With 4 hungry children things have been a little stretched we didn’t have a lot of money spare so I was only able to pay £1 per box but the food we received today will really really help us. Thank you so much for the hard work you do and thank you to the lady and her son who delivered it to us this afternoon. My children were so excited to see what was inside our boxes and we were all surprised by the amount of food inside. When we are back on our feet I will be sure to pay it forward and donate so that families in need can be helped."
"I was delighted with my box. I'm not veggie and selected no preference to make it easier to just get what's given. I have no need for meat and rarely eat it so I'll order veggie next time x x x x "
"Ordering a veggie box now. As the only veggie in my household, it's so exciting to get surprise meals cooked by someone else especially as the food is all so good! "
"We've been loving the food we had delivered in the week. Perfect to add veggies to and absolutely love not knowing what we'll get as we've tried stuff for the first time. Thank you so much."
"Received gorgeous boxes yesterday delivered by a lovely smiley lady."