Three Glossop organisations are joining forces to provide a community social eating space, using unused supermarket produce.
Duke’s Café, on High Street East, will be joined by Bare Necessities Food Bank and supported by Be Well – the social enterprise formerly known as WellFit CIC – in a project based on the work of Nottingham-based campaigner Marsha Smith.
The monthly ‘Super Kitchen’ will use surplus food, which is still in-date but would otherwise be thrown away by supermarkets, to provide the local community with hot, nutritious and affordable meals eaten in the company of people from all walks of life.
It’s designed to tackle food poverty as part of Derbyshire County Council’s Feeding Derbyshire project, with an official launch planned in the run-up to Christmas.
Duke’s proprietor Karl Duke is keen to host the ‘Super Kitchen’ and also offer the option for people to “pay forward” whenever they use his business – which has just celebrated its first anniversary.
He said: “My business partner Amanda Green and I always conceived Duke’s as being a centre for the community and getting involved with the Super Kitchen initiative is a great way of developing and demonstrating that.
“With the expertise of Bare Necessities’ Charlotte Mendes-Kelly and the energy and creativity of Be Well’s Vicky Murphy, I am confident we can create a regular opportunity for the community to come together, eat together and grow together.”
Cllr Dave Allen, DCC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Communities, added: “Super Kitchens are a great way of bringing communities together to socialise and enjoy an affordable meal while making the best use of surplus food from supermarkets.
“People from all walks of life can go along, have a chat and enjoy a nutritious, healthy, low cost meal. As well as the social and community side of Super Kitchens the scheme also supports our work to tackle food poverty.
“Research shows lack of proper nutrition affects people’s physical and mental health which in the long term causes huge pressures on health and social care costs, so there’s an economic as well as a moral case for us to take preventative action by supporting schemes like Super Kitchens.”
Launch: (left to right) Elaine Penning of Derbyshire County Council, Amanda Green from Dukes, Charlotte Mendes-Kelly of Bare Necessities Foodbank, Be Well’s Vick Murphy, and Karl Duke of Dukes.