The Good Food Fund
We live in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, but have an increasing amount of food poverty within our society. People living in food poverty need political and economical changes as well as hands-on material help. We want to raise awareness of food poverty while using our power as a retailer to support organisations that provide this kind of help.
We ask our customers for cash donations with which we buy fruit and veg at cost price and pass it on to our partner organisations who run emergency food provision and community meals. Unlike supermarkets, we don’t make a profit on customer donations. Our partners are organisations that focus on poverty and disadvantage, work with dignity and try to provide a perspective beyond emergency food provision.
To make a donation, you can:
• put some coins into the green tin at the till in our shop
• donate via your veg box subscription: email email@example.com to let us know how much you’d like to donate per week. This amount will be taken along with your veg box payment by direct debit. For a one-off donation, you can also donate through the Open Food Network.
• make a one-off bank transfer or set up a standing order:
Account Name: Locavore CIC
Sort code: 80-22-60
Account number: 12354669
• set up a dedicated direct debit on our website: www.glasgowlocavore.org/pay – email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know if you’d like to make weekly or monthly payments.
• send us a cheque made payable to “Good Food Fund”
Since setting up the Good Food Fund we have worked regularly or on an ad-hoc basis with South East Food Bank, The Space (Govanhill), The Marie Trust, The Night Shelter, Queen’s Park Govanhill Parish Church Foodbank, Club 170, Lodging House Mission, The Space (Barras), Govan Community Project, The Caravan Project, Annette Street Primay School and Central and West Integration Network.
Focus on poverty and disadvantage – Our most recent main partners focus their work on supporting people who struggle to find individual ways out of poverty, because they are in situations of societal stigmatisation.
Dignity – Emergency food providers who do not ask for a referral and do not limit the amount times a person can attend.
Perspectives beyond emergency food provision – Organisations that offer more than emergency food, for example training and volunteering opportunities.
Looking back at 2018
Govan Community Project approached us in 2018 asking for donations, as their newly set up food destitution project was struggling to meet the increased demands. This project is used mainly by refugees in the asylum system who live on an allowance of £5/ day. This allowance pays for food as well as any travel. GCP say that this budget leaves people in the asylum system no choice but to resort to emergency food provision. We have been supporting them – with your support – through donations of veg they requested.
“The support from Locavore has totally transformed the food distribution service we’re providing – it’s just so great to be able to provide such good quality, fresh produce to the people who need it most.”
Christmas bumper deliveries
With services closing down over Christmas, this period brings additional challenges for people living in food poverty. That is why we are used your donations to send big deliveries of fruit and veg as well as dried goods this week to these charities: Lodging House Mission, Govan Community Project, The Marie Trust, Central and West Integration Network, Gal Gael and The Space.
Fruit credit 2018
For the second year in a row, we ran a donation campaign to raise credit for Govan Community Project and Queen’s Park Govanhill Parish Church Foodbank. The campaign raised £755. We will release this credit throughout 2019 buy buying fresh fruit and veg for the partner organisations. Emergency food providers generally find it hard to source fresh fruit and for people living in food poverty it is considered a luxury to buy. We used the campaign to try and raise awareness of this lack. Asking our partners what they need enabled a tiny amount of self-determination and choice. Choice over food, which most of us take for granted, is completely lacking in emergency food provision which relies on donations and surplus from supermarkets.
Looking forward to 2019
The work of the GFF has always been posed with a dilema: on the one hand we are grateful to be able to help you help people who are living in food poverty. This help is badly needed and it is within easy reach for us to provide it. On the other hand we question why emergency food provision is increasingly moving into the realm of charitability. This makes it less of a right and more dependent on the good will of volunteers and availability of surplus produce. We realise that simply donating food might not make much long term difference to people’s circumstances.
In 2019 we would like to explore how we can move our partnerships with food charities beyond giving and receiving immediate help. As well as continuing to supply our partners with fruit and veg, we would like to use GFF donations to collaborate with our partners to set up projects that use more of the resources we have, our space, our kitchen, our networks as well as our access to cost price, good quality food, to make a more significant difference. We hope to make small steps towards more actively engaging the people who receive food aid through your donations. We hope that in the long run this work will be just as valuable as the fruit and veg you enable us to send out.
Our main partners
The Space (Govanhill) – They work with members of the Roma community. At the beginning of the partnership this project was about food distribution. The work of The Space has since shifted towards a more educational approach. Lately they have been using our donations for cookery classes.
Queens Park Govanhill Parish Church – They run a food bank and a meal for people with homelessness and addiction backgrounds. Their foodbank does not require a referral and they do not limit the amount of times people can use the service. We encouraged the church to give out fruit at the meal and the food-bank, which was previously limited to dried/ canned foods.
Govan Community Project – GCP provide services such as advice, information and advocacy, mainly to refugees. They have a community flat and that hosts their group work and ESOL classes. We have been working with their food destitution project.
Lodging House Mission – LHM runs a shelter for homeless people in the city centre that is open all winter. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep as well as food, showers and laundry facilities. LHM also offer educational opportunities and recreational activities.
The Caravan Project – They provide families living in poverty with the opportunity to take a holiday. Every year they provide a one week holiday to sixty families living in the north west of Glasgow. We have mainly been supporting their fundraising events.
Central and West Integration Network – CWIN’s Fairer Food Project offers a weekly drop in, community meal and foodbank. Like most emergency food providers they are dependent on donations and surplus from supermarkets and struggle to make fresh fruit and veg available to people who use their service.
The Marie Trust – They work with people who have a background of homelessness, mental health problems, addiction, people being released from prison, including people who are on the sex offenders’ register. They run daily meals at their centre in town. Preparing this meal also provides skills development and volunteering opportunities for people who come to their services. The Marie Trust actively looks for further opportunities for their volunteers.