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.
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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.

Food hubs open

Breckland Mobile Food Store

The Breckland Community Food bus is a project run by Kickstart Charity in partnership with Norfolk Community Foundation and Breckland Council and supported by Norfolk County Council and Feeding Britain. Opened on 9th May 2022, the Breckland Mobile Food store supplies good quality affordable food to rural villages throughout Breckland.

Where is it?

Rural villages across Breckland

When is it open?

See the bus timetable here

Who can I contact about it?

Debbie Brown – debbie.brown@kickstartmopeds.org.uk

Mural depicting shop users and delivery drivers

The Burrell Shop

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?

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm, Monday and Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm, Thursday 9:00am-1:00pm

Who can I contact about it?

Billie Lawler – billie@charlesburrellcentre.org.uk

Fresh fruit and vegetables at the Russell Street Community Centre

ENYP Social Supermarket

The ENYP Social Supermarket located in the heart of Mile Cross, 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?

Wednesday, 11:00am-1:00pm

Who can I contact about it?

Please contact: socialsupermarket@enyp.org.uk

 

Vegetables on display at a small shop

The Food Pantry Feltwell

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?

Monday and Wednesday 9:00-11:30am, Saturday 12:30pm-2:30pm

Who can I contact about it?

Heidi Strudwick – thefoodpantryfeltwell@outlook.com

A woman bends down to inspect produce on a shelf

Shrublands Food Club

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, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10:00am-12:00pm, Thursday 6:00-8:00pm

Who can I contact about it?

Julie Woods – foodclub@shrublandstrust.org.uk

SOUL Foundation Social Supermarket

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, 4 Mason Road, Norwich, NR6 6RF

When is it open?

Tuesday 12:00-7.30pm, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10:00am-4.30pm, Sunday 12:00-4.30pm

Who can I contact about it?

Hannah Lipton – hannah.lipton@soulchurch.com

Sally’s Store

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, 10:00am-12:00pm

Who can I contact about it?

Marie Burr – Marie.Burr@salvationarmy.org.uk

What’s needed?

A number of food hubs are ready to go, but they urgently need funding to become a reality.

With £1 million, we could put into action phase 1 of this project, which would create:

  • A total of 15 food hubs, aiming to support 5,000 households across Norfolk.
  • A Norfolk Distribution Hub, where surplus and donated stock would be received before being distributed throughout the network of food hubs.
  • Employment and training opportunities where staff are needed to manage and coordinate the food hub.
  • Groundwork for Phase 2 of the project to begin to connect with other organisations.

How can I help?

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

  • Making a donation. We need funds that match the scale of the issue. Donate here.
  • Linking us up with support organisations. Does your company have expertise in food supply or production? Warehouses or distribution?
  • Get us connected. Can you connect us with others who could help?

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