Barnsley Council: Addressing food insecurity with a new food hub

Barnsley Council have established Storehouse and Field, a community food hub which aims to provide access to high quality ingredients for people who may be experiencing moderate food insecurity.

Cost of living

Background

Barnsley Council is committed to helping people with the rising cost of living, which is for some at crisis point due to the inflationary cost pressures that we are all facing.

The Council have designed a new website that contains a wealth of information on schemes and services that can help people reduce costs. The website, called More Money In Your Pocket, has features that help people save money on fuel bills, food costs, housing costs and much more. It also provides information and support to those who are worried about their financial position.

The project

Good Food Barnsley is the Council's overarching strategic partnership responsible for developing new and innovative solutions to food poverty. Their most recent scheme is called Storehouse and Field, which is a community food hub in the Shafton area of Barnsley.

The hub’s aim is to provide access to high quality food and ingredients for people who may be experiencing moderate food insecurity. Members pay £6 per week to get a weekly basket full of fresh, ambient and frozen food worth upwards of £18 a week. That works out as an average of £624 a year saving on food bills. Members choose their food as the service is designed to empower people and provide a hand up rather than a handout.

Membership gets people:

  • a weekly shopping basket full of food, which they pick themselves from a wide range of fresh, frozen and ambient stock
  • access to the hub café to socialise
  • access to recipes and other resources to help prepare and cook food
  • advice and support with additional services
  • food and events to inspire people to cook.

The Council's ambition is to franchise Storehouse and Field and roll it across the borough to give as many people as possible access to food that may otherwise go to waste.

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