Feeding Derbyshire projects

Feeding Derbyshire

Lots of work has already been carried out as part of the Feeding Derbyshire programme. Find out more about some of the completed and ongoing projects.


Setting up a food hub for Derbyshire

We opened a food hub in a warehouse near Chesterfield in autumn 2015. It's operated by FareShare East Midlands and stores supermarket surplus perishable and non-perishable food such as fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy produce, meat, cans, rice, pasta and many other foods that would otherwise be thrown away.

Food banks and social eating groups can sign up to FareShare (opens in a new window) under partnership funding arrangements to receive an agreed amount of food. To date 360 tonnes of food has been distributed from the food hub - that's equivalent to 857,142 meals.

FareShare have also been awarded a grant from Awards for All to deliver an employability programme at the hub.

Twelve people aged 18 to 25 who have been actively seeking work for more than three months will get the chance to take part in an accredited training programme based at the food depot with a view to securing employment once the course has finished.

Fareshare subscriptions for food banks

We offered support to help food banks, which all operate as very small enterprises, to afford the FareShare subscription fee for the first year of the Feeding Derbyshire programme giving them time to raise funds for subsequent years.

There are currently 23 food banks across Derbyshire.

Find more information about food banks including locations, contact details and how to volunteer and donate

About Fareshare

FareShare East Midlands operates our food hub and coordinates food distribution to food banks and community groups across Derbyshire.

  • Simone Connolly, FareShare East Midlands project lead
    email: simone@fareshare-eastmidlands.org.uk
    Tel: 07863 763 647

  • Claire Bristlin, FareShare breakfast club coordinator
    Tel: 0116 2867735 - Option 1 (Leicester Hub)

Find out how to get food from FareShare (opens in a new window)

Breakfast clubs

We're helping to fund breakfast clubs in schools and they're now running in 36 schools. Offering pupils a healthy, nutritious breakfast has been shown to improve their attendance, learning attainment and behaviour.

To find out more about breakfast clubs email: jane.hicken@derbyshire.gov.uk

Community kitchens

We are funding the development of Community Kitchens in each Derbyshire borough and district.

These originated in Nottingham and use FareShare food and local volunteers to cook and provide nutritious low-cost meals for their communities. Venues can include children's centres, churches and schools and could also offer cooking skills.

They offer social eating spaces designed to offer healthy, low cost meals to local communities.

They are hosted in community venues such as children's centres, churches and schools and some also offer cooking and budgeting sessions too.

There are currently eleven groups already operating in Derbyshire and we fund nine of them. There are more planned to open in the coming months.

The Derbyshire Community Kitchens are:

  • Snap Tin, every second and fourth Friday of the month from 5pm to 7pm
    Holmgate Evangelical Church
    Valley Road
    Clay Cross
    S45 9QF

    Tel: 07455 135464

  • Gussie's Kitchen, every Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm

    St Augustine's Church
    Derby Road
    Chesterfield
    S40 2EP

    Tel: 07805 084376
    email: gussies-super-kitchen@outlook.com

  • Cotmanhay Kitchen, every Tuesday and Thursday from 11.30am to 1.30pm

    Cotmanhay Children's Centre
    Beavale Drive
    DE7 8RU

    Tel: 01629 531949

  • Community Diner, every Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm

    The Church Hall
    Casson Street
    Ironville
    Derbyshire

    Tel: 07738 221330

  • Foodie Friends, the first Friday of every month from 5pm to 7pm (not funded by Feeding Derbyshire)

    St George's Parish Hall
    Church Lane
    New Mills
    High Peak
    SK22 4NP

    Tel: 01663 749323
    email: newmillsfoodiefriends@gmail.com

  • High Peak Food Bank Super Kitchen, first Friday of the month from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

    The United Reform Church
    Hardwick Square East
    Buxton
    SK17 6PT

    Tel: 01909 485335 or 01457 863777

  • Pit Stop Diner, every Saturday from 12pm to 2pm

    Grassmoor Community Centre
    New Street
    Grassmoor
    Chesterfield
    S42 5EE

    Tel: 01246 857900
    email: grassmoor@btconnect.com
    See Grassmoor Community website (opens in a new window)

  • Riddings Super Kitchen, every Thursday from 10am to 3pm

    Church of Christ
    Colledge Street
    Riddings
    DE55 4EY

    Tel: 07738 221330 or 07880 816298

  • Sunday Service at Dukes Café, every second Sunday of the month
    19-21 High Street East
    Glossop
    SK13 8PN

    Tel: 01457 863777
    email: mail@dukes.uk.com

Find details of all Derbyshire Community Kitchens (opens in a new window)

His Church

We are working with His Church, a charity which accepts counterfeit goods from trading standards authorities to distribute to good causes. His Church provides pallets of these goods, including non-perishable food, toiletries and clothes, to be shared between the county's food bank network.

School holiday provision

Projects will run throughout the summer holidays to provide food and activities to children at risk of going hungry during the school break. It's estimated that 700 children will be provided with a healthy, free breakfast, and packed lunch and snacks. All the food is provided from the FareShare depot.

To find out more about school holiday provision email: jane.hicken@derbyshire.gov.uk

Related documents

The following document is in Portable Document Format (PDF). You can download software to view PDF documents for free from the Adobe website (opens in a new window)