“Food is the essence of everything. Its about caring, sharing and building people up.”
Stephanie, Communities volunteer
We support people to access food - and allow them to make the most of it
Our Good Food Programme is a social enterprise that supports people through access to food, which supports improving their health and wellbeing, and develops skills and confidence around cooking. This in turn allows them to move towards a more settled lifestyle.
There are four key elements:
- FareShare is a national network redistributing surplus food from producers and suppliers (like supermarkets and bakeries) to organisations working with vulnerable people (such as residential homeless projects and community youth groups). The Cyrenians FareShare depot supports reducing food waste and supporting programme members to make significant savings on their food bills.
- Our Food Education programme provides classes with 'hands on' activities that encourage healthy eating and promote social inclusion. We host a Community Cook Club once a week at our depot, as well as 7 others across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Hawick. Find out more here.
- The Cyrenians Farm grows food and helps the community to grow people, providing a range of opportunities for individuals to develop skills and confidence as a step towards a settled lifestyle.
- Volunteers from all walks of life participate in the programme. We have opportunities to support homeless and socially excluded people, and many of our volunteers have, or have had, personal experience of this. This is a critical and unique part of the programme that enables those who have received support to give something back to others.Find out more about volunteering with us
Good Food Vision
Our Good Food Mission is to develop sustainable social enterprises to nurture people, build communities & reduce isolation; ensuring everyone has the facility, ingredients, tools & skills to prepare something good to eat & have someone to eat with.