Hello! We are almost there! We have raised a whopping £1,535.68 from East Suffolk Council, £1,000 from Unite The Union, and £520 right here on this platform. But to reach our £5,000 target, so we can purchase a refrigerated van to collect and distribute unsold surplus food from supermarkets, we have £1,944.32 to go!
If you can spare any amount; literally any amount will help. If you're new to the project, here's a bit about who we are and what we're about:
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 when the project has sourced a van and is back to full capacity, will continue to send out up to 400 or more boxes each week of food to the local community of Suffolk -food that was otherwise destined for landfill.
A note from the founder:
“Hi! Mischa here! We’ve been using a refrigerated van on temporary loan (thanks so much Vernon!) since the pandemic outbreak. We now need to purchase our own van to continue rescuing tonnes of unsold surplus food each week, and meeting the ever growing demands of deliveries within the local community. We offer food on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis, removing financial barriers for people who are often really struggling to make ends meet. Many use our service to see them through some of the worst financial effects they have found themselves in. As we brace for more waves of the virus, we want to be ready to reach everyone who needs us. To do that, we need help. Every quid counts, so please don’t feel your contribution is ever too small; we’re all very aware of the power of a combined community effort, it’s what gets us all to work every day. And if you can’t afford a quid right now, that’s ok too. Even a quick share of our fundraiser would be hugely appreciated. We can all make a difference, it’s our collective actions that make waves.”