Waste not, want not… creating meals from surplus food to share with those who need it.

Born out of the Covid 19 crisis, BATCH aims to connect with the growing number of people in our community who are socially isolated, struggling to make ends meet and are experiencing food poverty. From our communal kitchen in Worthing, our team of talented volunteers regularly batch cook donated surplus food, which would otherwise go to waste, into delicious, nutritious home-cooked meals.

The Communal Kitchen

In one typical session, we usually cook, pack and deliver about 300 meals to our Adur and Worthing neighbours. The atmosphere is always a bit ‘ready, steady, cook’. 24 hours before the cook-up, we have no idea what ingredients we will get, or what we will make!

Our project saved half a tonne of food from going to waste within the first 5 months. And we have recently reached the one tonne milestone, recycling food from over 7 food banks. Furthermore, a partnership with ‘Transition Worthing Greenspaces’ means that any inedible vegetable food waste is composted, providing essential nutrition for community food growing projects.

The Restaurateurs

When COVID-19 restrictions stopped our communal kitchen operations towards the end of 2020, we did not let that beat us. We quickly changed tact and temporarily shifted to working with local restaurants, forging some invaluable links with local restaurateurs who all volunteered to cook for us instead.

We are so incredibly grateful to the local community for enabling continuation of our good work supporting homeless and vulnerable individuals with free nutritious cooked meals.

To date and since January 21 we have provided a further 1,000 home cooked, hot meals from 8 restaurants which have been distributed to various shelters and organisations in Worthing including Turning Tides, Worthing Homes and Worthing Soup Kitchen.

Be A FoodPioneer

Coordinating this latest Batch ‘restaurant’ project throughout lockdown three has been a logistical challenge and a huge community undertaking and we are very indebted to all our FoodPioneer volunteers.

If you love to cook, hate food waste and want to be part of a worthwhile community project, join us and become a FoodPioneer. We’re always on the look-out for new volunteers. No experience necessary — just a willingness to pitch in, a dash of team spirit and a pinch of kitchen craftiness. (Oh…and your own apron too!)

The following restaurants have worked with us on the Batch Project: Fish Factory, Salsa Cantina, Coast, Fat Greek, Curry Zone, Original Curryland, Casa Ciro and Marine Gardens Cafe. If you’re a local restaurant, food outlet or food producer, how about creating your own special BATCH of meals for our neighbours, as a one-off or even regular project?

To find more about how you can support BATCH click on the Be a FoodPioneer link below, or call Amy on 07861 684608. If you or someone you know would like receive our meals please do get in contact, so that we can help.

Onwards and Upwards

Our COVID-safe ‘restaurant’ phase of Batch will come to a close on the coming weeks, as restaurants re-open for normal business. Watch this space and keep an eye on our blog. We are busy behind the scenes setting up our own temporary kitchen and will be posting updates soon.

Be a FoodPioneer