Find out where your local food club is and how they can help you reduce your household spending while reducing food waste.
Food clubs help to support residents experiencing financial hardship by providing access to food and basic supplies whilst reducing the number of people needing to use emergency food banks on a long-term basis. Attempting a sustainable solution to food poverty, five food clubs have been established in the local area through the Council’s partnership with charitable food distributor, FareShare.
These clubs are:
Merstham Food Club
Preston and Tattenham’s Food Club
How can I join?
If you are a resident in any of the above areas, and find yourself facing financial difficulties and you want to save on your household spending, you can self-refer yourself to the food club. You can ask to join a food club by emailing email@example.com or speak to a member of staff on your first visit to register.
Are they free to use?
There is an annual subscription of £1 to join a club and members pay £2 each week to attend. For £2 members receive nutritious and in-date food supplied by supermarkets. The food includes dry and tinned groceries, fresh seasonal fruit and vegetables close to ‘sell by’ date. Membership allows for one household member to access food once a week, so members bring a bag and fill it up for just £2 every week.
Food clubs are also committed to raising awareness of food wastage and all the food sourced by FareShare and supermarkets is too good to be discarded. Horley Food Club alone has prevented over 370kg of food from going to waste! Food clubs also help to promote healthy eating by home cooking and offering affordable meals, with recipes and meal plans posted on the club Facebook pages.
Food clubs keep in touch with their members and can even help with debt related issues and tackling the underlying causes of financial difficulties. The Council’s Money Support team have attended Woodhatch Food Club to offer money advice, and SES Water visited to help those with water bill arrears and payment difficulties. The wider community, in addition to members, can attend the Money support team and SES Water sessions.
Food club information including where to find them:
Luca Difato, Operational Team Support Administrator and Communications Assistant. 16th December, 2021.