Month: March 2021

Lorry Full of Slow Cookers for Our Community

We are so grateful to all our fabulous FoodPioneer supporters out there for backing the One Pot Project.

The pandemic has left many people out of work or struggling to get by on reduced incomes and referrals to food banks have increased significantly.  As a result, some have no choice but to eat cold food, or meals that require only a kettle or microwave. Distributing slow cookers is a great solution to create healthy, hearty meals and will help those experiencing food and fuel poverty. BIG THANKS to The Worthing Herald for running this article on The One Pot Project and helping us exceed our crowd funding goal.

By March 25th 'The One Pot Slow Cooker Appeal'  successfully raised £1,330 with 52 supporters in 42 days! Over exceeding our target...

Last week on the 27th March we were able to collect a LORRY FULL of slow cookers ready for their new home. Huge thank you to Robert Dyas in Worthing for securing the slow cookers, to the Worthing Lions for donating slow cookers and recipes and to the Sidney Walter Centre for storing these little cooking machines. Finally, a massive thank you  to the team at Morrisons and their Community Matters Ambassador, Joanne, who very kindly supplied hundreds of herbs, stock cubes and wooden spoons which will be going out with the cookers.

Milestone today - just 4 days later we have started the delivery campaign! Ed Kilroy, Emma Baars and the team (pictured above) are out and about in the local community starting delivery of over 300 slow cookers to those in financial difficulty. More updates to follow soon...


Bees&Seas Buzzing with Spacehive Funding

We have launched our Spacehive Crowdfunder to raise 'much needed' funding for our new Bees&Seas project!  Working alongside Friends of Brooklands Park and Creative Waves - we aim to create a community beekeeping project, pollination hub and educational training space in the heart of Brooklands Park. This area is currently a disused urban council yard (which sits outside the local council's Brooklands master plan) and we need your help to transform it into an attractive ecological, natural asset for the local community!

We have been incredibly lucky to have gathered the support of 8 wonderful backers to get this project set up and off the ground. We really need additional funding to bring the project alive, maintain the hives, develop the green space and, importantly, run a series of workshops for the local community. Please help us support your local environment by donating through Spacehive. Any funding will directly help us to:

- Build an enclosed area to safely host three community beehives
- Create suitable habitats and foraging grounds for bees and other pollinators
- Build a community hub for educational and community activity
- Deliver an education programme with regular workshops for young people and families throughout the year
- Create small product ranges from the beehives for the local community - with all profits reinvested in the project

In addition to the Crowdfunder, we have bespoke donation opportunities available. You or your business can sponsor anything from beehives and bug hotels to green roofs and the educational hub. Please contact us if this is something that interests you - we would love to hear from you.