We are proud to be working alongside schools in our district, reaching out to those in need, right on our doorstep. We started the service in partnership with Duchy Pre-school, Duchy School & Cullompton Community College. We can’t wait to continue growing our team… and thanks to our volunteers and like-minded foodies, we are expanding everyday to offer our support to even more families who require our help.
If you are a school wishing to join us – please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. Together we can make a difference!
Our Family Food Box service aims to support families through providing food packages for those who need them the most. Schools know their children and their family circumstances well, and we are working with schools to identify vulnerable families on our behalf and contact them about the service.
The initial criteria is families eligible for free school meals. However, we understand that schools are keeping in close contact with families through the lockdown, so will take advice from schools about other families who would benefit from the food boxes.
Our standard process is for schools to write to families on FSM (+/- others they identify as in need) to let them know about the service, and provide our contact details for people interested to get in touch with us to request food boxes.
Find more information about the Family Food Boxes here
We rely on the help of volunteers and local volunteer groups to pack up and deliver our family food boxes. If you or and group you represent would like to get involved in helping us deliver food boxes to families in your community, please get in touch using the form.
We are incredibly grateful to Bradninch Together, a mutual aid organisation of over 100 volunteers helping people in need during the Covid-19 outbreak in Bradninch. Their volunteers are making deliveries for us, making it possible for us to get our boxes out to families that need them.
As we expand the service we are looking to partner with other local volunteer groups to support us to get our food boxes to more families.
We source our food through a combination of free food donated by suppliers and purchasing additional things we need to make up our full weekly family food boxes. Our main partner for our free supplies is the wonderful Exeter Food Action, and we are in the process of joining the equally excellent FareShare! Together these charities collect and make available a massive range of donated food. Without their support we woudn’t be able to support as many people. We are also looking to partner with other food banks and organisations distributing free food, with the aim of partnering with these organisations to source the contents for our food boxes.
Most of the additional food we purchase comes from Aldi. As we extend the family food box service to more families and grow Catch 77, we are looking to develop a network of local suppliers as well. One of our aims as a Community Interest Company is to support local food producers and suppliers, by opening up additional channels for them to sell their produce.
If you are interested in partnering with us to help us source the food for our family food boxes, please drop us an email email@example.com