Nott Normal Signposts: Fighting Food Poverty.

This page signposts to local foodbanks, community kitchens, community gardens and support networks in Nottingham. Between them, they challenge food poverty from the frontline battle to some of the many underlying triggers. Many are run 100% on donations and volunteer energy. Whether you’re fighting food poverty yourself or want to support others who are, we hope you’ll find something that works for you.

Intro:

Nott Normal has started one annual event The Big Cheese Roll, with Hope Foodbanks & The National Justice Museum. While commemorating the direct action of Cheese Riots against food poverty in 1766 The Big Cheese Roll is also a positive action to face down some of the same challenges today. It is meant as a big, fun, uniting event to grow mutual support and increase foodbank donations.  We know that dealing with what fuels food poverty takes longer because of the social, political, environmental and economic triggers. Some brief ideas of how you can help can also be found at The Big Cheese Rolling Forward. Pick and choose what suits your budget, priorities, abilities, and possibilities. For those wanting or needing to do more in everyday ways, the links on this page are for you. There’s a lot of info but we’ve broken it down into categories so you can scroll down to what you need or feel most like supporting.

If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. We’ve been there, so we know how isolating and desperate it can feel, but almost anyone can find themselves in this situation. Support is out there and the number of groups trying to help offers us hope for humans.

If you, as an individual, local group or business have food, time, money or other useful resources to spare, many of these organisations would love to hear from you. Please contact them directly for details.  More information about groups active in Nottingham can be found at Nottingham Good Food Partnership & NCVS. General info about foodbanks can be found at The Trussell Trust UK.  Please let us know of any other relevant groups you’d like us to include.

Special Access Needs: Where-ever we’ve had the info handy we’ve noted access levels, but we don’t know each venue. It may well be worth contacting them before about any access needs you have. If you know anything about the access levels of particular venues (good or not so good) please let us know so we can update our records for others. Thanks.

Dietary Needs: Where-ever possible we’ve noted when vegetarian & vegan options are available or focused on. We have no details available about who is able to provide for those of us with food allergies or other extra dietary needs. It may be best to contact groups before-hand. If you are a supplier of gluten-free, nut-free or diabetic-friendly foods donating the surplus to a foodbank or community kitchen would be absolutely amazing!

Foodbanks; on the front line fighting food poverty:

Hope Foodbanks are in various locations, connecting a network across Nottingham. Unless another number is given, to contact them please call 0303 040 1110 or check out their Facebook Page. Venues & their different opening & donations times below:

  • Bethesda Community Hall, Forester Street, Netherfield, Notts, NG4 2LJ. Opening & donation times both Wednesdays, 1:30pm – 3pm.
  • Bilborough Library, Bracebridge Drive, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4PN. Opening & donation times both Wednesdays, 10am – 12pm.
  • Bridgeway Hall Methodist Church, Meadows, Nottingham, NG2 2JD. Opening times & donation times both Tuesdays 5:30pm – 7pm, Fridays 10am – 12pm, Saturdays 11am – 1pm
  • Grangewood Methodist Church, Grangewood Rd, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2SJ. Opening and donation times both Fridays, 10am – 12pm.
  • Hope House, Boundary Road, Beeston, Notts, NG9 2RF. Opening times: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:30am – 12pm, Thursdays & Saturdays 9:30am – 10:30am. Donation times: Monday to Thursday 9:30am – 4pm, Saturdays 9:30am – 10:30am.
  • Main Street Methodist Church, 88 Carlton Hill, Carlton, Nottingham, NG4 1EE. Opening times: Tuesdays, 12pm – 2:45pm. Donation times:  Tuesdays, 12pm – 2pm.
  • 4, Montrose Court, Stapleford, Notts, NG9 8LJ. Opening & donation times both Wednesdays & Thursdays, 9am – 11:30am.
  • Mt Zion Millennium Church, Churchfield Lane, ( near Alfreton Rd) Nottingham, NG7 5QS. Opening & donating times both Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10am -12pm.
  • Phoenix Farm Methodist Church, Wollaton Avenue, Gedling, Nottingham, NG4 4HX. Opening and donating times both:  Fridays, 1:30pm – 3pm
  • Phoenix Hall, behind St Margaret’s Church, Aspley Lane, Aspley, Nottingham, NG8 5GE. Opening times: Mondays & Thursdays, 10am – 12pm. Ring re how to donate.
  • Springs of Life Church, Clumber Hall, High Cross Street, Nottingham, NG1 3AX. Opening times: Wednesdays 10am -12pm. Donation times: Saturday 10am – 12pm.
  • St Barnabas Church, Barn Croft, Chilwell, Notts, NG9 4HU. Opening and donation times both  Tuesdays, 1:30pm – 3pm.
  • St Martha’s Church, 135 Frinton Road, Broxtowe, Nottingham, NG8 6GR. Opening times: Wednesdays & Fridays, 10am – 12pm. Donation times weekday mornings.
  • The Haven Church, Wadsworth Road, Stapleford, Notts, NG9 8BD. Opening and donation times both Thursdays & Fridays, 10am – 12pm.

 

  • Hope Centre, Southchurch Drive, Clifton, Notts, NG11 8AQ. Opening times & donation times Tuesdays & Saturdays, 9:30am – 11am. Contact no: 07538916757.
  • Hope Church and St Francis’ Church, Farnborough Road, Clifton, Notts, NG11 8JX. Opening times and donation times both Tuesdays & Saturdays, 10am – 11:30am. For this foodbank please contact 07538916757 to arrange to donate at other times.

 

Other Independent Foodbanks: 

  • Barnbygate Methodist Church, 15a Barnbygate, Newark, Notts, NG24 1PX. Opening & donation times both Tuesdays 3pm – 5pm, Fridays 1pm – 3pm. Ring 07417409919.
  • Christ Church, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Notts, NG10 4NE. Opening times: Tuesdays & Fridays, 10am -12pm. Please ring 07950547671 to arrange delivery.
  • Daybrook Baptist Church, Mansfield Road, Daybrook, Nottingham, Notts, NG5 6AA. Opening times: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1:30pm – 3pm. Ring to find out when & how to donate, on 07854690684.
  • Grace Church, Castle Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 1FT. This foodbank will accept JobCentre Plus referral forms. Opening times: Mondays 2:30pm – 4pm, Thursdays 10:30am – 12pm. Please ring 0115 9502332 to arrange delivery.
  •  Himmah, Unit 2 Hubert Court, Hyson Green, Nottingham NG7 5AJ. Please ring 0115 998 3172 to arrange direct food delivery. Use the link above to donate funds or check out the Facebook Group.
  • Sherwood Forest Food Bank, Stable Centre, 12 Church Street, Mansfield Woodhouse, Notts, NG19 8AH. Opening & donating times: Mondays & Thursdays, 1:30pm – 4pm. Contact the Foodbank at 07932452533.
  • St Anns and Sneinton Food Store for those on zero income only:  St Anns Advice Centre, The Chase Neighbourhood Centre, Robin Hood Chase, Nottingham, NG3 4EZ. Call  07979159095 or 0115 9081532 for more information.
  • St Philip’s Church, Knight’s Close, Top Valley, Nottingham, NG5 9AJ. Opening & donation times both Tuesdays & Thursdays 1pm – 3pm, Saturdays 10am – 12pm. 0115 9751825
  • Tuxford Methodist Church, Newcastle Street, Tuxford, Notts, NG22 0LN.  Opening and donating times both Tuesdays, 10am – 1pm. For more info ring:  07417409919.

 

Community Kitchens; combating crises while cooking up connections:

Guru Nanak Community Kitchen Nottingham’s Sikh Community is very active in the fight against food poverty. Though they experience a lot of racism, three times a week volunteers from one of three kitchens prepare up to 70 free hot meals for anyone who is struggling. They serve them at 7.30pm on Albert Street, outside Marks & Spencers on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings come rain or shine. All food is vegetarian & eggless to include more people.  Click for  Guru Nanak’s donation information.

ICCA Dosti Luncheon Club is not free, but it is low-cost award-winning food served in welcoming surroundings. ‘Dosti’ is the Hindi & Urdu word for friendship. The Indian Community Centre is a beautiful venue with lifts for access. The luncheon club is open from 12.30pm ’till 1.30pm (Monday to Friday), serving vegetarian meals from £2.60 for children, £3.70 adults, £3.25 pensioners & meat meals from £2.90 children, £3.99 adults & £3.40 for pensioners. Portions are generous and filling & the atmosphere is warm.

Salaam Shalom Kitchen (SASH) began as a joint venture between Nottingham Liberal Synagogue & Muslim Charity Himmah,  providing a safe, welcoming space and a free meal for anyone struggling. This project has drawn national media attention. Meals are on Wednesdays at the Bridge Centre in Hyson Green from 6pm. Muslims & Jews are minority communities that experience a lot of discrimination. SASH breaks down barriers while fighting hunger & isolation for local people.

Sharing Sherwood makes vegetarian & vegan meals from surplus food donated by shops & supermarkets. They cook it and serve it up at Sherwood Methodist Church at 6pm on the 2nd Sunday of each month. It’s not free but profits from the minimum donation of £2.50 adults and £1.50 children go to Nottingham foodbanks. The venue is level access.

The Peoples’ Kitchen at The Sumac Centre is normally held on Saturday evenings but check the Facebook Group before to make sure. All meals are vegan & very low cost. The Sumac is linked to  Veggies Catering Campaign who have been national trailblazers in vegetarianism then veganism since 1984. Main entrance (not wheelchair accessible, has many steps) 245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham NG7 6HX.  Accessible entrance on 73 Beech Avenue.

Super Kitchens at various venues across Nottinghamshire, safely use surplus food to provide environmentally-friendly, freshly-made ‘one menu’ meals at fair prices. People eat socially, enjoying nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste. Costs vary but are generally low. Style, food types & access levels vary too but the shared ideal is to welcome all. Click on the link for more info.

Community Kitchens for those sleeping rough or without a permanent home:

Tracy’s Street Kitchen: based in Mansfield and operating in Nottingham. Once a week they provide ‘food and a friendly face’ to people living without a home. Contact Tracy: 07977 013405 or Andrew: 07710 754764 or email  to find out more.

WalkersNotts (for Homeless people), Sneinton Market Square, Gedling Street, Nottingham, NG1 1DS. Offers homeless people hot food, support & other basic needs on Tuesdays at 7pm. Click to find out about how to donate.

The Saturday Food Group – part of Nottingham Refugee Forum’s Anti-Destitution Project. A hot meal, some groceries, & support for those who’ve had to flee their countries. This group is for those who’ve not (yet) been granted asylum and cannot legally work or claim any government support. Ring (0115) 9601230 for details.

Community Gardens; growing our future from the roots up:

Ecoworks’ Dig & Dinner for those able to help garden, Ecoworks invite you to join them on Thursdays from 10am – 4pm to garden, cook and eat on site. This is particularly open to local people in the St. Annes area. There are some access restrictions. For more information email: hello@ecoworks.org.uk or check out their Facebook Page.

Dig in Community Allotment in Stapleford Albany Allotments on Pasture Road is run by and for local people of all ages & abilities. Offering planting space and a wealth of communal knowledge to help grow your own. Everything; tools, seeds etc are free. Regular Sessions on Wednesdays & Saturdays 10am – 12pm. volunteering@diginstapleford.org.uk for more information.

Nottingham Organic Gardeners have a demonstration garden at Whitmore Allotments. They promote local, sustainable food growing methods for people to grow their own. For details of upcoming events and how to get involved check out their Facebook Group.

Sumac Centre Gardening Forest Fields is usually on Wednesday afternoons but please contact them first to make sure there is an event. There are also small plots that individuals or groups can take on. To find out more email sumaccafe@gmail.com. The Sumac Centre promotes organic, local, vegan food. They can be found at 245 Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, Nottingham NG7 6HX . The main entrance not wheelchair accessible, the back entrance at 73, Beech Avenue is wheelchair accessible but the gardens may not be suitable for all access needs. Please contact the centre directly to ask details.

Windmill Gardens: Opening Times: Mondays 10am-1pm & Thursdays 10am – 4pm. Find them at the south end of Ascot Road, Aspley. Climate-friendly gardening for local people of any nationality and age group. They say they ‘cater for all abilities’. Check out their Facebook Group for info on upcoming events.

Does your community centre, school playground, religious centre or workspace have a patch of under-used land that could be made into a vegetable plot, herb garden, greenhouse or orchard? Even a safe, flat rooftop can host a few tubs and pots. If you have a few keen or willing gardeners and can get or give permission to use a small patch of earth, you can help fight food poverty and climate change together. Try to think about water sources, soil type, local wildlife, etc and check out what the land was used for before to rule out potential problems. Where-ever possible have diverse ages, abilities and a variety of access needs in mind. This may sound daunting but a raised bed for people on wheels, good paths and sensory ‘signposts’ like herb borders to mark routes can help. Why not ask to visit one of the projects above for advice & guidance? Enjoy!

Other Support Systems: you are not alone.

Hunger can and does divide people but we choose to try to unite around the shared belief no one should go hungry. In addition to foodbanks, community kitchens & gardens other networks of support systems are often needed. Some groups can be more vulnerable to food poverty. The following may help you or others to challenge some specific social injustices that drive the problem.

  • Age UK, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire offer advocacy & different kinds of support for senior citizens. They also have activities & social groups including ‘Silver Pride’, ‘Older Lesbians Network’ and ‘Men in Sheds’. Ring (0115) 8440011.
  • Community Centres & Cultural Centres – say no to isolation & yes to connecting.
  • Disability Direct – People with disabilities & chronic illnesses are twice as likely to be going hungry according to an Equality & Human Rights Commission Report. Charities working directly with those experiencing these extra challenges are vital. Disability Direct, offers advice & support to people with all different kinds of disabilities and special access needs, along with their carers. Based at Old Basford Community Centre, Bramble Close, NG6 0QG. Call (0115) 9785095.
  • Emmanuel House – supporting homeless, isolated & vulnerable adults. 53-61 Goosegate, Nottingham, NG1 1FE. Call 0115 9507140 for more information.
  • Mojatu Foundation empowers under-heard black & minority ethnic voices in this city. 167, Alfreton Road, Nottingham. Contact them on (0115) 854 7009.
  • Nottingham Arimathea Trust – supported housing for destitute asylum seekers.
    All Souls Community Centre, Ilkeston Road, Nottingham, NG7 3HF. 0115 9249920.
  • Nottingham Women’s Centre – 30, Chaucer Street, NG15LP. Since 1971, working towards political, economic & social equality for women. The centre aims to welcome all women regardless of age, race, disability, religion & belief, sexuality or transgender identity. The ground floor is wheelchair accessible. (0115) 941 1475.
  • Rainbow Project – welcoming, befriending, supporting & signposting help for asylum seekers & refugees. The Vine Community Centre, Bobbersmill Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 5GZ info@nottinghamrainbowproject.org.uk
  • Refugee Forum – offer a vital support system to asylum seekers & refugees. The Sycamore Centre, 33a Hungerhill Road, St. Annes, NG3 4NB. (0115) 9601230.
  • Trade Unions – When unfair pay or working conditions are a factor, a union may be able to help, e.g. Unite, the UK’s largest, who welcome people ‘from all walks of life’.
  • Trans Hub, Nottingham creates safe spaces for transgender individuals who would otherwise often be among the most isolated. Find them on Facebook.
  • YMCA, Notts, focuses on the needs of young people & children. Based at NCVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, NG1 3FB. Ring 0115 837 1871.
  • Welfare Rights Service – Unbiased, confidential advice with benefits claim forms & appeal tribunals as well as checking what support you’re entitled to. They also offer some guidance and support managing debts. Ring (0115) 915 1355.

There will be other groups out there. If you can think of one you’d like us to include or have more information on access, updates on times etc, please let us know. Thanks.