We are lucky in Herefordshire to be living close to where our food is produced. Furthermore the opportunities to source locally grown food are increasing. For instance, check out local box schemes, farmers markets and independent shops for seasonal food with low food miles.
There are repair cafes in Malvern Hills, Ledbury and Kington. Facebook Marketplace signposts to local groups that are well placed to help to sell or buy goods second hand.
Herefordshire Council’s website has details of markets across the county
There is an active group of people reducing waste in the county
The Herefordshire Community Recycling And Reuse Group have loads of initiatives, and are growing all of the time.
The Herefordshire Green Network is very active in the county. They’re always happy to help make links with others who can help communities to act together to grow food or set up their own sharing resources or repair cafes.
There are several community gardens in the county. These help to connect people to the source of their food. In addition to this, projects like Growing Local working to change our food culture with education around food growing and food preparation. Kids Kitchen are inspiring adults and young children to enjoy cooking great food together.
In 2019 Herefordshire Food Alliance, a network of local organisations concerned about household food insecurity, examined the extent of food poverty across the county and mapped the areas most at risk. Public Health are continuing to coordinate a Food Alliance. Looking at the impact of the food system on health and well-being locally. In the meantime the county has a network of independent food banks, supported by the Diocese, which support people at risk of going hungry. In 2019 Hereford Food bank supported over 2500 individuals with emergency food parcels. Check them out for information and volunteering opportunities.