Mini larders in Preston, Abbey St. Bathans and Grantshouse
Main Location: Reston Village Hall
Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10am -12noon
Location: Auchencrow mini larder- located outside the Craw Inn
Accessible 24/7 with top up days on a Wednesday and Saturday.
Location: Grantshouse Village Hall
Opening times: every 2nd Saturday 12noon -2pm (Next event 27/02/21)
Location: Preston: Preston Village Hall carpark
Opening times: Every Tuesday 10am -2pm
Location: Abby St. Bathans (In the Riverside Bakery car park)
Opening times: Every Monday 2-4pm
Kerry Simmonds – Larder lead 07846869175.
Logan Inglis – Assistant 07886562490
Description of our Larder
We are an environmental food project, which aims to reduce food waste going to landfill and encourage people to be creative with their cooking to use up food that would otherwise go to waste.
We pay an annual membership to Fare share for ambient goods, and we collect items of fresh food from supermarkets at the end of the day that would otherwise have gone into their waste. We do the supermarket collections through both Fare share and neighbourly.
We offer people the option to bring items of food from their own cupboards to donate or small financial contributions in the form of a collection box located in the larder, to help towards our FareShare membership.
Any money received in the donation box is also used to respond directly to demands of the people using the larder or to buy essential items for food boxes which are delivered to people in shielding, or as a short-term alternative if people are unable to attend the larder for themselves.
The larder limits people to 1 medium sized bag of food per household.
Which areas do we cover?
We cover part of East Berwickshire including Grantshouse, Coldingham, Eyemouth, Ayton, Reston, Auchencrow, Preston, Bonkyl and Abby St Bathans.
These are all areas identified as in need by their community councils/resilient groups and have no alternative way of accessing affordable food. These community councils or resilient groups pay a small donation to Reston and Auchencrow larder so we can provide their residents with access to the larder daily and organise food for pop up larders in their own villages. Reston and Auchencrow larder volunteers also make up the food boxes to be delivered to people from these other towns and villages and these are collected by their respective resilient group members/ volunteers.
Our aim is to reduce the number of food boxes going out once COVID restrictions are lifted as this is not thought to be the best way of encouraging independence and reducing food waste. We want to instil in people a sense of dignity when using the larder, by offering them a good choice of food items and by aiming it at all people. There should be no stigma attached to people accessing waste food in order to prevent it from ending up in landfill.
Who can access the Larder?
Anyone and everyone can access the larder. No referrals are needed.
How do people access the larder?
We encourage people to access the larder themselves. We do not offer food box delivery as a standard service.
Food boxes can be requested by an individual through their resilience group, so delivery can be arranged and coordinated to suit both parties and through the community assistance hub, run by Scottish Borders Council.
Health professionals are welcome to contact the larder directly if they have a client who needs urgent help, and we can liaise with the relevant resilience group for them.
People can see what items of food we have in stock and access recipes and ideas for this food through our Facebook page.
This platform also allows people to feedback to us and share ideas, reinforcing our community, encouraging acceptance of this type of project, and further reducing stigma.
The group can receive messages through Facebook messenger, and these will be checked on regularly and responded to as soon as possible.