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The online social enterprise toolkit for community food projects

The SAUCE database
Use the SAUCE database to find useful organisations, and see how other projects have succeeded with social enterprise. See the 'Social Enterprise - Want to know more?' section.

What is social enterprise
'Social enterprise' is a buzz-term for an old idea: using 'profits' for community good, rather than for the benefit of shareholders. Social enterprises are operations - projects or businesses - with social objectives. They charge for services or goods and use the 'profits' generated to reinvest in the project, business or the community.

How could social enterprise benefit my community food project?
Social enterprise offers community food projects the potential to achieve a level of financial sustainability. What's more, whilst support for community food projects is on the decline - with funding often precarious, short-term and tied to varying grant provisions - support to social enterprise is high on the Government's agenda. Many community food projects already function as social enterprises, without realising it. For example, box delivery schemes that generate profits and then cross-subsidise to increase the affordability for disadvantaged communities.
Find out more in the 'Social Enterprise - Is it for me?' section >>

Could social enterprise help your project?
Use our 8 step guide to assess whether social enterprise could benefit your existing or potential community food project.
Is social enterprise for me questionnaire >>

 

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Sustain advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, promote equity and enrich society and culture.