Across the country the community food enterprise sector is growing, with a focus on supplying affordable food to their local area, supporting those experiencing food insecurity and bringing the community together. These include pantries and social supermarkets, food coops, community cafés, meal services and other local buying groups.
These enterprises are based on low-cost trading models, allowing service users to get more for less, while investing the money earned in providing good food for the project. They are also rooted in their local communities, formed by and for the people they serve. However, these enterprises face multiple challenges, from financial resilience to food supply. We are working with 4 partner locations across England, to explore good practice, test solutions, and support projects to support their communities.