Nourishing Norfolk Network

The Nourishing Norfolk Network brings together groups of all sizes who work at grassroots level to ensure communities have access to affordable, healthy food. Established last year, the network provides mutual support, advice and information to help combat food insecurity and make sure no one in Norfolk goes hungry.
Nourishing Norfolk Network Logo

Food hubs open

A wide-angle shot of The Burrell Store social supermarket, Thetford. Shelves, fridges and freezers are neatly stacked with food.

The Burrell Shop (Thetford)

The Burrell Shop located in the Charles Burrell Centre, Thetford, was the first of the Nourishing Norfolk food hubs to open. Support from Breckland Council, Feeding Britain and Norfolk Community Foundation meant the Burrell Shop could open in early November 2020. Members can buy fresh, frozen, dried, and tinned food, alongside toiletries and personal care items.

Where is it?

Charles Burrell Centre, Thetford, IP24 3LH

When is it open?

Tuesday 2pm-6pm, Wednesday and Thursday 9am-1pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Stuart Bolding – stuart@charlesburrellcentre.org.uk

A red brick building with grass out front.

Caister Community Larder (Caister)

The Community Larder is for anyone who needs help with food and other essentials – offering a bag of up to 15 items chosen from the larder shelves for just £3. Tea and coffees are also available. This is a community initiative from Caister Cares – a group that includes the Parish Church, the local schools, the parish council and others.

Where is it?

Caister Community Spoon, King George V Playing Field, Caister-on-Sea, NR30 5LU

When is it open?

Monday 3:30-6pm and Friday 9-11am

Who can I contact about it?

Email the team at: cclarder@gmail.com

A blue van is parked outside a community centre.

Coastal Community Supermarket (Mobile)

The Coastal Community Supermarket is a mobile offer, currently operating in North and West Norfolk. Members can buy fresh, frozen, dried, and tinned food, alongside toiletries and personal care items. Some items are available for free.

Where is it?

Rural communities across North and West Norfolk, including Wells, Holt, Walsingham and Hunstanton.

When is it open?

See Facebook page for details.

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Helen – helen.roythorne@wellshospital.uk

The Community Pantry (North Walsham)

The Community Pantry is delivered by the North Walsham Phoenix Group to provide reduced-priced food and essential items in the NR28 area.

Where is it?

12 Market Place, North Walsham, Norfolk England, NR28 9BQ

When is it open?

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Mal – phoenixgroup.northwalsham@gmail.com

Two people stand outside Dereham Food Cabin, a purpose-built social supermarket with a central double-door

Dereham Food Cabin (Dereham)

Dereham Food Cabin provides a range of fresh, ambient and household items from its bespoke to those on a low income in the Dereham area. The bespoke cabin is a Wellspring Family Centre Project and is located next to the centre and church.
Where is it?

Wellspring Family Centre, 35 Neatherd Road, Dereham, NR19 2AE

When is it open?

Wednesday 10am-12pm and Friday 5pm-7pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Jayne Olley (Cabin Coordinator) – foodcabin@wfcdereham.org, or Toby Rouse (Operations Manager) – ops@wfcdereham.org

A board that says 'Shop Open' outside the Earlham Community Shop.

Earlham Community Shop (Norwich)

Earlham Community Shop is full of low priced groceries and household products, designed to help people with the current cost of living. (Currently available to parents of children at Earlham Early Years Centre)

Where is it?

Earlham Early Years Centre, Cadge Rd, Norwich NR5 8DB

When is it open?

Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri: 11.15 – 11.45 & 12.15 – 12.45

Wed: 11.15 – 11.45, 12.15 – 12.45 & 2.45-3.15

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Nicky – earlhamcommunityshop@gmail.com 

Fresh fruit and vegetables at the Russell Street Community Centre

ENYP Social Supermarket (Norwich)

The ENYP Social Supermarket located in the heart of Heigham Grove, Norwich. Members can buy fresh, frozen, dried, and tinned food, alongside toiletries and personal care items.

Where is it?

Russell Street Community Centre, 53 Russell St, Norwich NR2 4QT

When is it open?

Monday 4pm-6pm, Tuesday 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 11am-1pm, Thursday 1pm-3pm, and Friday 9am-11am

Who can I contact about it?

Please contact: socialsupermarket@enyp.org.uk

Fakenham Food Fellowship (Fakenham)

EP Youth have developed their fantastic community food project into the affordable Fakenham Food Hub. The hub will provide fresh, chilled, ambient and household items at affordable prices for members within Fakenham.

Where is it?

11 Oak Street, Fakenham, NR21 9DX

When is it open?

Monday to Thursday, 10am-1.30pm and Friday (by appointment only), 11.30am-1.30pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Christina – fakenhamfoodfellowship@hotmail.com or call 01328 851020

The Feed Social Supermarket (Norwich)

The Feed’s Social Supermarket caters to residents Norwich. Located on the city side of Hall Road, this social supermarket provides members with discounted fresh, chilled and frozen food, plus toiletries and cleaning materials. With the help of other local partners, The Feed also runs workshops and classes in their adjoining Community Café, providing additional support and advice on things like cooking, money, housing and employment.

Where is it?

65 Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 3HL

When is it open?

Monday – Friday 10am – 3pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Kelsey – kelsey@thefeed.org.uk

Vegetables on display at a small shop

The Food Pantry Feltwell (Thetford)

The Feltwell Pantry work alongside St Mary’s Church in Feltwell to provide good quality affordable food to local people. Funding for this has been supported by Norfolk Community Foundation and Feeding Britain. Opening on 11th October 2021, the pantry caters to the 8 local villages of Feltwell, Hockwold-cum-Wilton, Southery, Lakenheath, Mundford, Methwold, Northwold.

Where is it?

St Mary’s Church, Bell Street, Feltwell, Thetford, IP26 4AA

When is it open?

Wednesday 9-11:30am and Saturday 12:30-2:30pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Heidi Strudwick – thefoodpantryfeltwell@outlook.com

Holt Food Hub (Holt)

The Coastal Community Supermarket is working in partnership with Independence Matters Holt to bring their affordable pop-up shop to the town each week. With a wide selection of store cupboard essentials, cleaning, toiletries, and pet foods, they are helping the people of Holt Make their money go further.

Where is it?

The Holt Community Hub, Charles Road, Holt, NR25 6DA

When is it open?

Tuesday 12-3pm and Friday 9am-12pm

Who can I contact about it?

For more information on how to become a member, our other locations or if you would like to volunteer, please contact the supermarket coordinator Helen on helen.roythorne@wellshospital.uk

Love Downham (Downham Market)

Love Downham is an affordable community food hub established by The Swan Youth Project in Downham Market. Offering fresh, chilled, ambient and household items and sitting alongside their fantastic Re-New clothes project.

Where is it?

27-29 Bridge Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DW

When is it open?

Monday 10am-4pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-4pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Liz Heighton-Jupp – lovedownham@swanyouthproject.org / 01366 667622

Magdalen Street Pantry (Norwich)

The Magdalen Street Pantry by the St Giles Trust offers nutritious and healthy food to families struggling to feed themselves. People pay a small weekly subscription of £3.50 and they can choose their food as they would in any other supermarket. Whilst shopping at the Pantry, expert advice and support is on-hand from our Peer Advisors and Pantry Support worker who can help them address any barriers they are facing.

Where is it?

St Saviour Church, Magdalen Street, Norwich, NR3 1AA

When is it open?

Shopping at the Pantry is by appointment so we can make sure there’s time to talk.

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Layla Jones – Layla.jones@stgilestrust.org.uk or make a referral online via the link below

North Lynn Food Hub (King’s Lynn)

Currently operating as a pop-up, the North Lynn Food Hub is open to anyone living in the North Lynn area of King’s Lynn. They are a voluntary group with a mission to build a stronger community by providing affordable food and connecting people to useful services.

Where is it?

4 Walpole Road, King’s Lynn, PE30 2DZ

When is it open?

Wednesday and Friday 12pm-2pm

Who can I contact about it?

Email the team at: admin@nlfh.org or call at: 07949 964932

A shipping container clad in wood, with a community shop inside

The Pantry (Kenninghall)

Launched in September 2022, The Pantry is located in Kenninghall and serves the surrounding areas. Creatively using a converted shipping container as their premises, The Pantry stocks a range of fresh, ambient, household and hygiene products.

Where is it?

Next to Kenninghall Village Hall, School Close, Kenninghall, NR16 2EL

When is it open?

Monday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 9:30-11:30am, Thursday 10am-12pm, Friday 9-11am and every other Saturday 10am-12pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Heidi Glendenning – thepantrykenninghall@yahoo.com

Phoenix Larder (Norwich)

We are a community Larder for the people of Mile Cross. It doesn’t matter if you are working or on benefits; if you are struggling we can help. We also run alongside the community café and have various people we can refer you to for advice. You can always be sure of a warm welcome.

Where is it?

Phoenix Centre, Mile Cross Lane, Norwich, NR3 2LD

When is it open?

Fridays 10am-12pm

Who can I contact about it?

Call 01603 403814 or email bookings@thephoenixcentre.org.uk

Volunteers stand in the Purfleet pantry holding shopping bags. The Pantry is a shop selling discounted food.

Purfleet Pantry (King’s Lynn)

The Purfleet Pantry is a social supermarket in south King’s Lynn offering everyday food and essentials at affordable prices.

Where is it?

Southgates Roundabout, King’s Lynn, PE30 5SX

When is it open?

Tuesday 9am-4pm, Wednesday 1pm-6pm, Thursday 9am-1pm, Friday 9am-4pm, and Saturday 9am-1pm

Who can I contact about it?

Email pantry@purfleettrust.org.uk or call 01553 603810

Sally’s Store (Great Yarmouth)

Sally’s Store is a food hub run by The Salvation Army that was opened on Friday 29th April 2022. It has been supported by the Norfolk Community Foundation and Great Yarmouth Borough Council to provide good quality, affordable food to residents within Great Yarmouth. Members can buy a range of fresh, dried and canned food, alongside toiletries and personal care items.

Where is it?

Sally’s Store, Peggotty Road Community Centre, Peggotty Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 3EF

When is it open?

Monday to Friday, 10am-12pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Katherine Nicholls – Katherine.Nicholls@salvationarmy.org.uk

The Shelf (Diss)

The Shelf was launched by Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford and District in August 2023, and is available to those living nearby who are impacted by the rising cost of living.

Where is it?

The Shelf, Citizens Advice Diss and Thetford and District, Heritage carpark, Shelfanger road, Diss, IP22 4EH

When is it open?

Monday 1:30-3:30pm, Thursday 10:30am-12:30pm and Friday 12-2:30pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Bev – theshelf@cadat.org.uk

Sheringham Food Club (Sheringham)

Sheringham Food Club launched in December 2022 creatively uses a converted shipping container outside the Salvation Army hall. Providing a range of fresh, chilled, ambient and household items, this affordable food hub will support households across Sheringham.

Where is it?

Salvation Army Hall car park, Cremer Street, Sheringham, NR26 8DZ

When is it open?

Monday 10am-1pm, Thursday 10am-1pm and Friday 1-5pm (please click below for further details)

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Simon Fenn – simon.fenn@salvationarmy.org.uk / 07586 570994

A woman bends down to inspect produce on a shelf

Shrublands Food Club (Gorleston)

The Shrublands Food Club is a project delivered by the Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre Charitable Trust in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Norfolk Community Foundation. Officially opened on 10th December 2021, its primary purpose is to provide affordable food to people living in Gorleston.

Where is it?

Shrublands Youth and Adult Centre, Magdalen Way, Gorleston, NR31 7BP

When is it open?

Monday, Friday, Saturday 10am-12pm, Tuesday 10am-1pm, Thursday 5:30pm-7:30pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Julie Woods – foodclub@shrublandstrust.org.uk

SOUL Foundation Social Supermarket (Norwich)

SOUL Foundation Social Supermarket is a purpose-built facility on site at SOUL Church, Norwich. Officially opened on 11th April, the social supermarket is a membership-based community shop hosting a range of affordable fresh produce, long-life essentials, and household products.

Where is it?

SOUL Church, 55 Heartsease Lane, Norwich, NR7 9NT

When is it open?

Tuesday 1pm-3pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am-3pm, Sunday 12-2pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Hannah Lipton – hannah.lipton@soulchurch.com

The Hub Logo

Steps (Wymondham)

The Steps Community Food Shop is delivered by the Hub Community Project in Wymondham. Initially, this project will be set up as a hybrid offer combining some free food with a small affordable range of products, whilst the project develops a dedicated space to create the full community store (launching in early 2023). 

Where is it?

The Hub, Ayton Road, Wymondham, NR18 0QJ

When is it open?

Tuesday 9:15am-10:30am and Thursday 2:00-4:00pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Steve – info@hubproject.co.uk / 01953 798505

Watton Food Hub (Watton)

Watton Food Hub is a partnership between Watton Town Council, The Charlotte Harvey Trust, Nourishing Norfolk Network and Breckland Council to support the people of Watton and surrounding areas by offering discounted food and hygiene essentials at discounted prices.

Where is it?

Watton Community Centre, Harvey Street, Watton, IP25 6EB

When is it open?

Tuesday 12:30-2:30pm, Wednesday (first and third Wednesday of each month) 4:30pm-6:30pm and Thursday 9:30am-12pm

Who can I contact about it?

Get in touch with Jo – foodhub@wattontowncouncil.gov.uk / 07483 371648

Find your food hub

 

What’s in a name?

There are efforts to alleviate food insecurity, here’s a guide to just a few:

Community Fridges and Larders – Usually open to anyone in the community, fridges and larders offer a limited selection of food that can be taken for free. This could be fresh or dried, but is usually donated locally. These are often unstaffed, but monitored by volunteers, and can be located anywhere.

Food Pantry – Food pantries tend to be members-only, and often charge small amounts for their food – either per item or per visit – to contribute to the cost of purchasing stock. They are bigger than a community fridge and tend to offer a greater choice of products, sometimes buying in stock and taking advantage of larger food distribution networks, such as FareShare or HiS Church. They may also make up emergency food parcels. They are staffed, primarily by volunteers, and tend to be located in villages and small towns.

Community Supermarket – Like a food pantry, community supermarkets have a membership system that allows customers to buy food at heavily discounted rates. They also tend to buy in more food, as well as personal and household hygiene items and they also take advantage of food redistribution networks. Community Supermarkets often deliver other services, such as hot meals, cookery classes or personalised advice on tackling an individual’s food insecurity and linking into wider support services. They may also make up emergency food parcels.  They are staffed, primarily by volunteers but sometimes have one or two paid members of staff, and are usually located in more built-up areas, like large housing estates or towns.

Food hubs in action

Since opening the first food hub in Thetford in November 2020, food hubs using a range of different models have opened across the county.

Watch the video below to see a number of food hubs in action and the difference they’re making to communities in Norfolk.

What’s needed?

Phase 1 of the project is nearing completion, but we still need your support to get our food hubs to the next level:

  • Open food hubs in harder-to-reach areas.
  • Kickstart the next phase of the Norfolk Distribution Hub, where surplus and donated stock are received and stored before being distributed throughout the county-wide network of food hubs.
  • Develop relationships with the Norfolk farming community, making sure surpluses end up on local people’s tables.

How can I help?

We need Norfolk to help Norfolk. If you want to join this innovative project, please consider:

  • Food producers can help people on their doorstep by donating surpluses locally. Talk to Victoria to find out more.
  • Volunteer your time at your local food hub.
  • Making a donation. We need funds that match the scale of the issue. Donate here.

If you can support us in helping to ensure no one in Norfolk goes hungry, then please get in touch.