Every week of the year, in all weathers, Food in Community’s volunteers collect and sort surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and other nutritious, sustainably produced food, then we deliver food boxes to individual households and to charities and community groups in across South Devon. We also glean surplus food directly from farmers’ fields, and outside of pandemic times we run cooking workshops, two award winning pay what you feel cafes and our team cater at community events. More half a million meals worth of perfectly edible, largely organic food has been rescued and placed back into the Devon community.

IMPORTANT: If you are struggling to access food, you can be referred to receive a Food in Community food box through a number of local organisations including Citizen’s Advice and NHS professionals. However, it it is an emergency, please contact us in confidence. We understand it can be difficult to reach out but please do it, we are a kind and experienced team – some of us have been in a similar position at some point!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Since lockdown, we have focused on supplying households in need of emergency food in Totnes and district and in Newton Abbot, and on supplying charities and community groups across South Devon with fresh food. We’ve also pioneered new virtual community food prep groups to ensure that we use gluts of produce in the best way, to continue to support people’s nutritional and social / emotional needs.

We were voted Best Ethical Food Project runner up in the 2019 Observer Food Monthly awards by our café diners and supporters. As a not-for-profit community interest company, we are also proud to be Social Enterprise UK’s first ever Transformative Community Business winner. Our work is featured as an example of good practice for widespread adoption by the EcoWaste4Food initiative, set up in response to the Courtauld Commitment 2025 on food waste reduction.
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