ReRooted community fridge and surplus food café

ReRooted is a volunteer run community group using surplus food to create tasty meals on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis. We held our first public event in July 2017.

Our community café is held on the first Saturday of each month at St George’s Extension, Tiverton. In March 2020 we had to temporarily close our regular monthly café, but we have since reopened as a take-away.

In June 2019 we opened our community fridge in Tiverton Library. Volunteers stock the fridge with food donated from local supermarkets and shops and members of the public can place any surplus fresh food in the fridge for others to take. There is also shelving on site for foodstuffs that do not need to go in the fridge.

Our aims

We aim to:

  • Help prevent shop and supermarket food from going to waste
  • Support people to waste less food in their homes
  • Improve nutrition and reduce hunger
  • Bring the community together through food and help prevent loneliness.

Who are the events aimed at?

Millions of tonnes of good food are thrown away from shops, supermarkets and particularly our homes every year. ReRooted events are open to anyone who would like to meet new people, get some tips on wasting less food and if you would like to, also get some practical cookery experience. Above all the events are fun and welcoming – oh and tasty!

Where does the food come from?

We have made links with local supermarkets and shops including producers in Tiverton Pannier Market to access surplus food.  We have secured local storage facilities for both perishable and non-perishable food which are used for ReRooted events as well as being distributed to local charities.

What’s involved?

There are various roles within the group – cooks, front of house, publicity, liaising with suppliers, fundraising, volunteer coordination.  We are especially short of people to help plan events in advance so if you can help please do let us know.

Activities

  • Community fridge/larder

  • Food surplus cafe/takeaway

ReRooted logo - the words ReRooted illustrated in the shape of a beetroot

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ReRooted is part of Sustainable Tiverton