Welcome to the home of Kendal Food Hub and Kendal People's Cafe, two exciting projects delivered through Waste into Wellbeing, part of South Lakes Action on Climate Change.
Waste to Wellbeing is a volunteer led, social project at the heart of Kendal’s Food Community. Food from local supermarkets, shops and bakeries which would otherwise be destined for landfill is turned into nourishing meals, provided on a pay what you can basis, or is distributed to residents in need and community groups who support them.
The People’s Café
Kendal People's Cafe is an established part of the town's scene in terms of the reduction in food waste and the provision of support for those in need. It is widely respected by civic, commercial and voluntary groups in the town and in January 2019, won the Kendal Town Council “Wainwright Award” for the group which has contributed most to the residents of the town. This followed its success in being named as The Best Food Initiative 2017 at the Cumbria Life Food and Drink Awards.
The team volunteers run a pay what you can café from the South Lakes Foyer, a Lunch Bunch event in conjunction with the NHS and continues to have a presence at many community events and festivals. The group has also provided meals, to those in need, during the school holidays and at Christmas.
The People's Cafe runs on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month from South Lakes Foyer in Kendal. Visit Google Maps for directions.
The Food Hub
In September 2019, The Hub opened in Kendal. It enables Waste into Wellbeing to collect, sort and store larger amounts of food before being re-distributed to various local organisation and residents' associations supporting those in need.
The Food Hub supports groups such as Manna House, Growing Well, Sandylands Residents Association, Kirkbarrow Residents Association, Hallgarth Community Centre Food Share, South Lakes Foyer and Kendal Repair Cafe.
Are you interested in joining our dedicated volunteer team?
We're always looking for more volunteers to help us increase our regular collections from local food suppliers and extend our support to more people in need.
More volunteers would also allow us to increase the regularity of the People's Cafes throughout the year and continue to provide more people with delicious wholesome meals when they need it most.
If you like what we do and have some spare time, whether it be a couple of hours a week, or a couple of hours a month, then take a look at our Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions for more information or get in touch.
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