Category: Cheltenham

Community Conversation – Good Food, What does it mean to you?

Feeding Gloucestershire are collaborating with Good Food Cheltenham and Nourishing Gloucester on a cross district community conversation asking our communities ‘Good Food- what does it means to you?’.
The way all of us produce, buy, cook, eat and throw away food is important and we believe in the true value of good food for people, places, and planet. Ultra processed food impacts our health, our communities, our economy, and contributes to the climate and ecological emergencies the planet faces today.
If you live or work in Gloucestershire we would love to hear from you, please join the conversation and tell us what good food means to you. You can join the conversation here or scan the QR code now.

Fresh Hope School House Community Cafe

Fresh Hope is an umbrella organisation which supports projects. One of these is the School House Cafe.

The School House Cafe is a community cafe. We open to the public and offer a place for the community to come together. We also host the community’ lunch on a Pay as you can basis.

Fresh Hope Pantry

We are a family pantry with a membership fee.

We are a foodbank referrer and we offer a listening ear and signposting to other services.

Geographic Area: Cheltenham, around the local area of St Paul’s, St Peters and the Moors

Opening Days: Monday and Friday
Opening Times: Monday (during term-time) 3:30 - 5:00, Friday 9:00 - 12:00

Membership Model

Cost: £4.00 for 10 store cupboard items, 2 fresh or frozen items and free fruit and veg.

Contact Details

The Rock, St Peter’s Church, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham GL51 9AH
[email protected]
www.facebook.com/Freshhopepantry
Collection Service
Ambient Food Items
Fresh Fruit & Vegetables
Chilled Food
Frozen Food
Suitable for Vegetarians
Suitable for Vegans
Dairy-Free Available
Gluten-Free Available
Allergies catered for
Ready Made Meals (reheatable)
Meal kits (recipes/ingredients)
Toiletries
Household Items

Cheltenham Food Strategy Group

Following our launch in June 2023, a  Food Strategy Group has formed and has started to explore the issues identified through our launch and from conversations across the borough.

This group is facilitated by Feeding Gloucestershire and comprises of representatives from –

Cheltenham Borough Council, Feed Cheltenham, Good Food Cheltenham/Project Grow, Planet Cheltenham/Vison 21 and local business

Bringing together community food support, community growing, sustainability and business with local government to explore a food strategy for Cheltenham. This group is working to identify the priority areas needed to create a sustainable food network and strategy.

The first strand of work that has been identified is food surplus/waste with a meeting scheduled for the 9th of February.

 

Springbank Community Group CIC

Springbank Community Group run a community hub in the Springbank area of Cheltenham.

They run a Food Pantry, a Community Cafe, Cheltenham Household Essentials Project and a variety of social clubs.

They also undertake Commissioned Youth Work and are involved with School Holiday Projects.

Springbank Community Group CIC are proud to be a member of the Feed Cheltenham network of Community Food Pantries across the borough of Cheltenham. They are a food bank referrer and also have a Community and Wellbeing Coordinator.

The Community Cafe is ran entirely by volunteers from the community. Community supporting community is the foundation of everything we do at Springbank Community Group CiC. The money that is made through our sales in the cafe directly supports our other community projects, as well as ensuring the cafe continues to bring you the best possible food and drink at the most affordable prices.

 

Cheltenham District Launch

We started June with our 4th launch, held at the Pavillion in Cheltenham. We had a wonderful mix of people representing all sectors and the launch highlighted the partnership working that is already happening across the borough.

Our speakers included Kelly Patterson of Cheltenham Brough Council, who updated us on how the council is supporting initiatives across the district – from Feed Cheltenham to Cheltenham Zero. Linda Grice told us about the work of Feed Cheltenham and the food network. Claire Dovey spoke to us about the new growing movement that has begun in Cheltenham and Raechel Kelly told us about the work Vision 21, Planet Cheltenham and Cheltenham Zero are doing to promote sustainable living in Cheltenham and beyond.

A fantastic buffet lunch was provided by Faith of Springbank Community Group, and after lunch we had some breakout sessions to discuss the work already happening in the borough, the opportunities available and challenges we face.

We are now working to bring together the feedback from the launch, but the things that have stood out so far are –

  • More events that give us the opportunity to connect and share
  • Connecting the work across the county and learning about other projects
  • Exploring the wider opportunities to work together
  • More connection between the food support network, growing projects and the sustainability movement.
  • Mapping what is already happening and identifying the gaps.

once again our thanks go to those who were able to join us

 

Here is the information  and learning from this event – Cheltenham Launch

Cornerstone Centre

Community Centre with a Food Pantry

Along with many different community groups the centre hosts a coffee shop, along with a charity shop that raises funds for local community needs and projects.

We offer space to hire, and community groups and activities including coffee mornings, art, exercise and a community choir. We also run baby and toddler groups and a homework club.