Part of Queens Hall Action on Poverty, The Food Community, 65 Water St, Wigan WN1 1XD Company Number 08503176. Charity Number 1153055 © 2023 The Brick. Website by ATTAIN
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We help maximise the income of those at risk of food insecurity, by taking a strategic approach to preventing crises, including strengthening the links between support services, and the communities they serve.
We operate a Food Community in the heart of Wigan at St Georges Church, Water Street. We are not a food bank, although we do sometimes provide emergency food; but we believe in the right to good, healthy nutritional food that starts with choice and dignity. Our food community is laid out like a shop and members can choose their items for a small fee including fresh, refrigerated, frozen and long-life foods. All the food is donated to the charity or comes via diversions in the national supply chain, such as surpluses from supermarkets or restaurants so we are saving perfectly edible food from landfill too. Our long-term vision is to end food insecurity. To ensure access to good quality, healthy food for all, by moving beyond a crisis response. We take a preventative approach to food poverty; to champion the RIGHT to healthy nutritious food and lobby for fair food to be embedded in policy and planning.
As well as affordable food, our members can access additional support and signposting services. We run free of charge cookery classes in partnership with Wigan Council and Safer Streets.
To sign up to be a member of our food Community, all you need to do is visit us at St Georges Church, Water Street WN1 1DN. We are open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 10am-3pm and let one of our team know it’s your first time. We will then get you a form to fill in and explain all about how the community works. All you need to do bring £5 for your annual membership fee*, and a couple of shopping bags to put your £5 shop in and then start shopping. It’s as simple as that!
Once you’re a member you can come along to the Food Community once a week and fill up your basket. There are also free of charge optional extras available such as cleaning products and sanitary products
*we can help you if you are struggling to afford your first shop
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