What We Do
Super Foods, Super Powers
We believe food is a super power with the force to transform lives. We use food to bring people out of isolation, unite communities, reduce food poverty and enhance life skills.
At our core, we're cooks ... but we're also social entrepreneurs on a mission!
We collect surplus (but fresh) food from local supermarkets, independent outlets, farmers and other sources and we put it to good use. We also grow our own produce.
Thanks to a fantastic team of chef led volunteers we transform surplus, 'too good to waste' food into delicious, nutritious meals which we serve to people across the community. And that includes - you! With the income this creates we also share our meals with those living in social isolation and help people learn to cook as well as help them get out and meet new people. We work alongside people referred to us from local charities - like Headway and Alzheimer's. Taking on key roles in our kitchen or front of house, helps build life skills and boosts confidence.
We're a melting pot and everyone's welcome to join in - through buying our meals, volunteering with us or visiting us at one of our events.
If there’s anything else you’d like to know then please just get in touch.
Events and Activities
If you like the sound of what we do, we'd love you to join in and support us however you can. You can order a delivery for your next event of simply pop in to see us for coffee and a cake at our First Friday Cafe, or come along to one of our Pop Up or Snack Shack events. Keep an eye on the 'activities' page of our website or follow us on Facebook for regular updates.
Our 'First Friday Cafe' runs from 10am until 2pm (there's also a two course lunch available from 12pm) on the first Friday of every month at St Thomas' House, just off St Thomas' Square in Salisbury (SP1 1BA). It's a great opportunity to nip out for a delicious, healthy meal - or to take a quick coffee break - without breaking the bank. Any profit we make is channelled back into our work, contributing towards our overheads and running costs.
We also run cookery workshops for school leavers, local charities and associations; we can create bespoke workshops and private events on request.
We deliver meals (like soups and curries), as well as healthy snacks, to local cafes as part of our 'Too Good to Waste' scheme. If you'd like to find out more, please get in touch via our 'contact' page. We can cater for corporate buffets and private parties as well as community events - why not give us a try?
Last but not least, we are launching an individual meal delivery scheme in the new year (2019). Called 'A Good Helping', we will be delivering freshly prepared meals, snacks and drinks (all made from surplus) right to your door. It will operate as a flexible subscription and on a 'buy one, give one' basis, so for every box bought we'll donate one to somebody locally who's living in isolation - helping to kick loneliness and food poverty into touch.
All our activities help us raise funds and continue our community work so you can be assured that if you get involved with us you’ll be giving back all the way - and saving the planet one vegetable at a time!
Please get involved if you can
The vast majority of the food we use is high quality surplus that we receive from local supermarkets, independent retailers and direct from farms across the region. It might be misshapen and therefore not suitable for the supermarket shelves or it might just be that a bountiful harvest has produced more than is needed that week.
We also have our own allotment where we grow a wonderful array of unusual and heritage-variety fruit and veg. There's usually something delicious to try and we're lucky enough that our plot is surrounded by stunning land, perfect for foraging.