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 still fresh) food from local supermarkets, independent outlets, farmers and other sources and we put it to good use. We also grow our own herbs and flowers to enhance our meals.
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 we also 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.
Our Most recent Project: Feeding Salisbury! (A COVID response)
Our Feeding Salisbury! project launched in October 2020 and involved the collection of surplus food for delivery to isolated people over the forthcoming months. We collected, cooked, froze and delivered Pantry-made meals alongside a stopgap of fruit and veg, and other surplus items across the city of Salisbury (and surrounds) during what turned out to be a long winter ahead.
As a result of feedback from this project we continue to make meals for distribution free or subsidised to community food hubs across the city. All of our food is vegetarian and meals could be a hearty lentil soup, cauliflower cheese, pasta bake, veggie cottage pie or a healthy pudding such as a tropical fruit crumble.
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 or sign up to be at one of our events. You can also show us your support by donating on our donation page of course….. and we always love to welcome new volunteers if that’s your thing too…
Our ‘First Friday Cafe’ ran from 10am until 2pm (there’s 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 provided 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 made is channelled back into our work, contributing towards our overheads and running costs. Hopefully we’ll be back to the café soon, but for now the pandemic has put that on hold. Stay tuned for updates!
We also run cookery workshops for school leavers, local charities and associations; we can create bespoke workshops and private events on request.
We can cater for corporate buffets and private parties as well as community events – why not give us a try?
All of 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!
We can’t wait to resume all of our normal activities soon.
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.