Norse help to Nourish Norfolk

People stand in high vis vests in a warehouse. In front of them is a trolley full of food stacked in pink crates.

Norse Group and Nourishing Norfolk come together to support Norfolk communities

With an increase in the cost of food and household bills, many across Norfolk are struggling to access healthy, affordable food. Between April and September last year, Norfolk’s Foodbanks gave out almost 20,000 emergency food parcels to people in crisis. Norse Group prides itself on a culture which looks to support local people and is working with Norfolk Community Foundation’s to prevent people falling into crisis.

In 2021, the Foundation launched the Nourishing Norfolk Network. Across the county, 17 food hubs provide people with a local place to buy affordable groceries and household essentials while helping them find long-term food security by accessing other support they may need. The network spans across Norfolk, and food hubs range from pantries in village churches to mobile buses covering whole districts. The alliance of locally-run food outlets allows people to save an average of 40% off their weekly shop.

As well as helping the charity maintain two mobile food hubs, Norse has helped establish a Norfolk food distribution warehouse based at its Headquarters in Norwich. The newly located warehouse, piloted earlier this year, has already proven to be a great success. Hubs across Norfolk will soon be receiving a reliable supply of food and other products. Norse has also offered its expertise in the logistics and administrative management of deliveries.

Mally and Justin stand outside The Feed's Social Supermarket
The Feed Social Supermarket on Hall Road, one of 17 Nourishing Norfolk food hubs
Justin Galliford wears a Norse-branded fleece. He stands outside a supermarket smiling.

I have always believed in our people, supporting local communities and having a social impact. When I first heard about Nourishing Norfolk, it sounded like a great initiative. It was an immediate fit for us as the project ensures that everybody eats well in Norfolk, and no one goes hungry. Norse Group’s aim has always been to improve people’s lives, and through this partnership, I truly believe we can make a difference to those across Norfolk.

Justin Galliford, CEO Norse Group Ltd
Steve Atkins smiles and leans on a delivery van. He wears a fluorescent high-viz jacket.

We’ve got a good, robust base for logistics, and a lot of experience in supporting wide-scope projects. I think that our experience lends itself to what Nourishing Norfolk is wanting to achieve.

Stave Atkins, Project Manager at Norse Group Ltd

Norse CEO Justin Galliford joined Nourishing Norfolk’s Logistic Manager, Victoria Lewis, to see the network’s direct impact on the local communities following the delivery from the Norse Warehouse to The Feed’s Social Supermarket on Hall Road in Norwich.

Andrea Auburn, Manager of the Norwich Social Café, run by the Feed, said,

“We’re seeing people who are working full time, and they’re suddenly unable to make ends meet. We have 2000 households signed up, but about four and a half thousand people are accessing groceries through our shop, and about two-thirds of those tell us that is down to the cost-of-living crisis. Alongside the advice and support from the Norfolk Community Foundation, the food distribution hub is the final piece of the puzzle, having that reliable, affordable food supply. It’s revolutionary for the shop.”

Watch Justin and Victoria’s visit to The Feed on Hall Road

So far, I’ve worked with so many individuals within Norse from N-able to Norse Catering to the team here at the warehouse and what I’ve seen is a passionate drive to just get stuck in and get involved. Everyone’s been very willing to help with practical advice, which is what we need to be able to provide support to communities right across Norfolk. We couldn’t be more grateful for that support.

Victoria Lewis, Supply and Logistics Manager at Norfolk Community Foundation

The relationship between Norse and Nourishing Norfolk shows the far-reaching benefits of partnership working. That together, we can improve people’s lives, a value which the Group truly believes in.

The partnership shows what groups both big and small can achieve when they work together for a larger purpose. Norse recognises that communities in Norfolk need ongoing support to solve the issue of food insecurity. Through its partnership with the Norfolk Community Foundation, we are making positive changes so people can feed their families and secure a better future.

If you wish to support Nourishing Norfolk and help support this local cause, please take a look at our main Nourishing Norfolk page.

Norse group logo. Text with arch/swoop motif. Text: Norse Group