Eastville food club shares the strain of cost of living crisis

July 09 2022
Eastville food club shares the strain of cost of living crisis

A NEW project based at Eastville Park is supporting people who need some help to reduce their food bills.

The Eastville Park FoodClub is opening every Friday to provide access to surplus items from supermarkets and manufacturers, shared via food redistribution charity FareShare and the Friends of Eastville Park.

Based at the Eastville Park Community Hub in the park's Nissen Hut (pictured above), the FoodClub will be open to people who live within 1.2km (three-quarters of a mile) of Eastville Park's boundary.

A spokesperson for the group said: "Every Friday, we will be open between 12.30 and 2.30pm. Bring a regular size shopping bag with you and, for £3.50 you’ll leave with a bag full of items that would normally cost £15-£20.

"There will be a selection of fresh and packaged food, including some chilled items each week but we don’t get to know in advance what’s coming so there’ll be nice surprises when you turn up!

"We’re really looking forward to opening our doors to our local community and offering support to those who need it most. The club will be staffed entirely by volunteers and we’re really keen to see it grow to meet an ever-increasing demand for help with shopping bills. We will be open throughout the year and look forward to seeing you at the Nissen Hut soon!"

To join people need to come to a Friday session with evidence of their address, register and pay a £1 annual membership fee. Members can then use the club from the following week onwards.

The club opened for membership on Friday July 1, with the first collection on July 8.

For more details email eastvilleparkfoodclub@gmail.com or call 07591 748548.