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We’re raising money together for groups and projects that are working on food sustainability and tackling food surplus.

Every time a member shops in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet from 5th September 2021 to 5th December 2021, a donation will be made to these groups through our Community Champions scheme.

We will also raise money through activities, events and collection boxes in our outlets.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for all the latest news and how you can get involved with our fundraising. Find us on; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Check out the groups we're supporting in our communities...

About: Marshchapel Pop in Lunch Club was started in 1996. The idea came when Meals on Wheels were being delivered and it became clear that the people receiving them were pleased to get the meals but wanted to talk and needed company. They work very closely with an allotment who provides vegetables for the meals. The money raised will go towards refurbishing the kitchen and installing more freezer space.

Communities supporting this group: Alford, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Waltham.

About: The Lincolnshire Food Partnership is keen to consolidate a number of projects across the county and develop new initiatives. Some of the projects that the money raised will go towards are maintaining and developing social and community growing projects for education physical and mental health, incorporating North Lincolnshire & North East Lincolnshire into the food partnership, working with Acts Trust on social supermarkets and work to implement food education in schools.

Communities supporting this group: Burgh Le Marsh, Coningsby, Skegness, Spilsby, Tattershall, Crowland, Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Billinghay, Heckington, Ruskington, Sleaford, Grantham Central, Grantham Springroad, Morton (bourne), Scotter

About: The Centre for Reconciliation will be working to bring communities together, to help people make connections and improve social cohesion through their green spaces. One way of doing this is through gardening and a chat café. They have three green spaces across the city and will be growing vegetables, herbs etc. which improves and increases biodiversity. The Chat Cafe will use the produce grown to make delious meals. The money raised will go towards equipment such as compost bins, storage shed, tools etc. as well as plants, food and hall hire for the Chat Cafe.

Communities supporting this group: Boultham, Burton Road, Carholme Road, Lincoln City Centre, Lower High Street Lincoln, Tritton Road

About: Community Action for All run a foodbank and community café in Caistor, providing essential support to vulnerable residents in need of support. The money raised during this quarter will go towards replacing some freezer and fridges, purchasing slow cookers and providing stock for the community café and foodbank.

Communities supporting this group: Caistor, Market Rasen.

About: North Bank Forum set up a 'community growing' project. This started with a small number of free allotments for community groups to grow food for their communities. It has now expanded to helping groups convert part of their own land, if they have it, into growing spaces. Funding will go towards the purchase of fruit bushes and small fruit trees to be used for community growing.

Communities supporting this group: Cambridge Road, Cleethorpes, Grimsby Town Centre

About: Acts Trust want to support people who have accessed food banks in Lincoln to be empowered to overcome the root cause of their food poverty and the wider issues that result from it. They want to provide 70 places between January & August 2022 on a support programme called the 'Restore Programme' which provided a series of modules that empower people to overcome the most common issues. Money raised will be used to pay for a programme coordinator to facilitate the programme and directly deliver sessions.

Communities supporting this group: Birchwood, Brant Road, Ermine East, Ermine West, Outer Circle Road

About: FareShare Midlands redistributes food surplus across the county which will ensure that vulnerable people living in food poverty have access to good food which is essential for people's health and wellbeing. Money raised will go towards extending their freezer to accommodate meal production and storage of frozen stock thereby increasing the volume of food delivered to member groups in Newark & Nottinghamshire.

Communities supporting this group: Long Bennington, Southwell, Sutton on Trent, Clipstone

About: FareShare Midlands redistributes food surplus across the county which will ensure that vulnerable people living in food poverty have access to good food which is essential for people's health and wellbeing. Money raised will go towards an diesel van to deliver the food surplus to and from the new Lincoln hub.

Communities supporting this group: Branston, Bracebridge Heath, Navenby, Waddington, Washingborough, Witham St Hughes, Cherry Willingham, Dunholme, Gainsborough Town Centre, Gainsborough Uphill, Morton, Nettleham, Sturton by Stow, Welton, Swineshead, Whittlesey.

About: Dunston community garden was created out of a need to improve the village hall grounds in preparation for re-opening after Covid. The aims of the group are to improve the grounds, grow veg on unused land and share the proceeds, develop links with local school and encourage community interaction. Funding is needed for additional raised beds, plants and seeds, outdoor seating, signage, storage space etc.

Communities supporting this group: Metheringham

About: Green Futures are working in partnership with the Oasis Hub South Grimsby to deliver gardening and food related activities. As well as growing fruit and vegetables at both sites, Green Futures want to deliver cooking sessions as well as providing families with some of the produce. They run activities about growing with adults but also with the children, giving them the opportunity to pick and produce they grow and taste it. Money raised will go towards costs to cover the above projects.

Communities supporting this group: Keelby, Nunsthorpe, Scartho, The Willows, Wybers Wood

About: In the last year Scunthorpe Foodbank have developed a 'wrap around care system for people in food poverty' through the provision of a freely available budgeting/advice service provided by the local Citizens Advice organisation. This has markley improved 'signposting' to people who receive food parcels but they would like improve this further by providing a high quality and professional produced leaflet which would provide people with contact details of other organisations /links who could assist them with non financial issues.

Communities supporting this group: Westcliffe

About: Bassetlaw Food Bank would like to run their subsidised 'Fruit & Veg' box scheme for a further six months, supporting another 50 households. Anyone signed up to the scheme receives two boxes a month for £3 each. The cost of the produce in the boxes amounts to between £15-£10 each, paid for by funding received and a discount from our local supplier, Priory Fruit Shop. The boxes are then delivered out to the household by our volunteer drivers.

Communities supporting this group: Retford, Worksop, Misterton

About: Wragby ChEF (children eat free) provides free meals for children in the school holidays as well as providing a Meals on Wheels service. They are currently running a pilot scheme with Sutton on Sea where people in the local area can purchase a frozen ready meal for £1, a meal that has been created utilising food surplus. Wragby ChEF are also wanting to run some informal cooking classes where they would provide the food and show people how to cook a nutritional meal. Money raised will go towards upgrading the kitchen to accommodate cooking classes.

Communities supporting this group: Chapel St Leonards, Horncastle, Woodhall Spa, Wragby, Bardney

Communities supporting this group: Donington, Gosberton, Spalding, Whaplode

About: The funds raised will we be used to help secure a new premises for the Community Supermarket, allowing people to shop at a reduced cost. There will also be a Soup Kitchen on site, providing warm meals to the homeless, and a new Community Café will be set up, providing a 'pay it forward' initiative.

Communities supporting this group: Woodville Road, Kirton, Skirbeck Road

About: Boston Preservation Trust has a large vegetable plot at Fydell House which they would like to improve to enable them to increase the yield and variety of crops grown. Their gardening team consists solely of volunteers many of whom came through an agency and the garden allows volunteers to learn, contribute to society by providing food for our tearoom and is beneficial to their mental health through outdoor team work.

Communities supporting this group: Argyle Street, Boston Town Centre

About: Lighthouse has been operating for 2 1/2 years supporting the most vulnerable in Louth and the surrounding areas. They are currently re-opening their 'drop in' centre at the church and want to be able to supply lunches to those in need. Money raised will go towards updating their kitchen with a new industrial cooker and refrigerator.

Communities supporting this group: Louth

About: Green Synergy is a Lincoln-based charity that uses community gardening and horticultural therapy to help improve people mental and physical wellbeing. The money raised will go towards running a series of outdoor cooking workshops for the community they serve focusing on the seasonal produce that they have grown on the Hillside Garden.

Communities supporting this group: Monks Road

About: Willoughby Road Allotment works with a number of groups including schools and nurseries who visit regularly to learn about food growing. The money raised during the quarter will go towards updating facilities including their kitchen which will be used to improve awareness of growing, preparing and cooking fresh healthy food.

Communities supporting this group: Eastwood Road, Old Leake

About: Holton Le Clay Infant School are enthusiastic for growing and caring for a variety of food produce with children involved in Farm to Fork project, after school gardening club and maintaining raised beds for growing food and plants. Money will go towards revamping the garden area and extra equipment.

Communities supporting this group: Holton Le Clay

About: FareShare Hull and Humber redistributes surplus food from the food industry to more than 120 organisations throughout the region. Funds will go towards continuing these services which feed more than 10,500 people every week, who are directly effected by food poverty.

Communities supporting this group: Haxey, Kirton in Lindsey, Scawby, Beverley, Hull, Eastfield, Newby, Scarborough Town Centre, Thornton Le Dale

About: Old Wood Organic started in March 2019, with the first purpose to increase access to fresh, locally sourced, healthy organic food for the people of Lincolnshire. Secondly, to provide a safe, healthy, natural space for learning, meditation, relaxation, and exercise for people with neurodiversity, and those isolated by social restrictions and mental health issues. Any money received will be used to build a track to improve accessibility for those with limited mobility, to build more accessible toilet facilities, to purchase a larger polytunnel to create a sheltered space for learning and growing.

Communities supporting this group: Swanpool, Newark Rd Hykeham, North Hykeham, Skellingthorpe, Saxilby

About: Holbeach Community Cafe provide around 50, 2 course meals a week. Foodbank clients are free of charge and if someone isn't a foodbank client they can make a small donation. They do not set an amount for them to pay and this helps to subsidise theirs and the foodbank clients meals. Money raised will go towards ingredients for the meals.

Communities supporting this group: Holbeach

About: In pre Covid times, the centre was available for the whole community and is used by a huge variety of people from all kinds of cultures, ages, races and abilities. During Lockdown one way they responded to needs in the community was with the Fresh Food Project: taking surplus fresh food from supermarkets etc and redistributing it to anyone in the community. From starting they have quickly grown and have got to the point where they are now giving fresh food to in excess of 100 families a week. The funding will enable them to transition this project to a more sustainable model of a community grocer system and money rasied will go towards equipment such as shelving etc.

Communities supporting this group: Crowle, Messingham

About: Newark Foodbank is run entirely by volunteers and supply food, beverages, toiletries, baby needs and household necessities to vulnerable people. This year (2021/2022) Newark Foodbank are in negotiation for new premises in the centre of town which will hold the foodbank and a new social supermarket. Money raised will go towards this project.

Communities supporting this group: Albert Street, Bowbridge Road, Newark Central, Collingham, Hawtonville, Lincoln Road (Newark)

About: Slow Circular Earth run a network of membership-led Community Food Coops with a complimentary outreach Zero Waste Cafe, They would like to create a pop up community food coop that can travel around the area raising awareness and enabling access to vegan / vegetarian food for women, youth and children. As well as community food coop they plan to create a true local food network in which we collaborate and partner with local food growers, purchasing food at discount prices from them to distribute to our members.

Communities supporting this group: Goxhill

As a member, you’re linked to your nearest branch. Your branch will be part of one of our communities.

Your community will be assigned a Community Champion, and wherever you shop you will be contributing to their total.

Find your community below:

  • Birchwood - Includes Birchwood Centre Food Store, Lincoln Florist and Birchwood Pharmacy.
  • Boultham – Includes Parklands Food Store, Rookery Lane Pharmacy and Rookery Lane Post Office.
  • Brant Road – Includes Brant Road Food Store, Brant Road Pharmacy and Brant Road Post Office.
  • Burton Road- Includes Burton Road Food Store and Burton Road Pharmacy.
  • Carholme Road – Includes Winning Post Food Store and Filling Station, Winning Post Pharmacy and Newland Pharmacy.
  • Lincoln City Centre – Includes Sincil Street Food Store and Sincil Street Pharmacy.
  • Ermine East- Includes Woodhall Drive Food Store, Riseholme Road Filling Station and Food Store and Cabourne Avenue Pharmacy.
  • Ermine West- Includes Queen Elizabeth Road Food Store and Trelawney Crescent Post Office.
  • Hartsholme- Includes Swanpool Food Store.
  • Lower High Street Lincoln- Includes Tealby Street Food Store and St Botolphs Pharmacy.
  • Monks Road- Includes Monks Road Food Store, Monks Road Pharmacy and Monks Road Post Office.
  • Outer Circle Road – Includes Carlton Centre Food Store, Carlton Centre Post Office, Lincoln Funeral Home (Proctors Road) and Carlton Centre Travel Branch.
  • Tritton Road- Includes Lincoln Funeral Home (Tritton Road) and Moorland Centre Travel Branch.
  • Newark Rd, Hykeham- Includes Newark Road Hykeham Food Store and Newark Road Hykeham Pharmacy.
  • North Hykeham- Includes Hykeham Green Food Store, Hykeham Post Office, Hykeham Village Pharmacy and Forum Pharmacy.
  • Skellingthorpe- Includes Skellingthorpe Food Store, Skellingthorpe Pharmacy and Skellingthorpe Post Office.
  • Billinghay- Includes Billinghay Food Store and Billinghay Post Office.
  • Branston- Includes Branston Food Store and Branston Pharmacy.
  • Bracebridge Heath- Includes Bracebridge Heath Food Store, Bracebridge Heath Pharmacy and Bracebridge Heath Post Office.
  • Heckington- Includes Heckington Food Store, Heckington Pharmacy and Heckington Post Office.
  • Metheringham- Includes Metheringham Food Store, Metheringham Pharmacy and Metheringham Post Office.
  • Navenby- Includes Navenby Food Store.
  • Ruskington- Includes Ruskington Food Store, Ruskington Pharmacy and Ruskington Post Office.
  • Sleaford- Includes Sleaford Food Store, Woodside Post Office, Sleaford Funeral Home and Sleaford Travel Branch.
  • Waddington- Includes Waddington Pharmacy and Waddington Post Office.
  • Washingborough- Includes Washingborough Food Store, Washingborough Pharmacy and Washingborough Post Office.
  • Witham St Hughs- Includes Witham St Hughs Food Store and Witham St Hughs Pharmacy.
  • Grantham Central- Includes Barrowby Gate Pharmacy.
  • Grantham, Springfield Road- Includes Springfield Road Food Store and Grantham Travel Branch.
  • Morton (Bourne)- Includes Morton Bourne Food Store.
  • Alford- Includes Alford Food Store and Alford Funeral Home.
  • Burgh le Marsh- Includes Burgh le Marsh Food Store.
  • Chapel St Leonards- Includes Chapel St Leonards Food Store and Chapel St Leonards Post Office.
  • Coningsby- Includes Gibbet Nook Food Store and Filling Station and Coningsby Funeral Home.
  • Horncastle- Includes Horncastle Food Store, Horncastle Pharmacy, Horncastle Post Office, Horncastle Travel Branch and Horncastle Funeral Home.
  • Louth- Includes Newbridge Hill Food Store, Louth Pharmacy, Louth Funeral Home and Louth Travel Branch.
  • Mablethorpe- Includes Mablethorpe Funeral Home.
  • Skegness- Includes Roman Bank Food Store.
  • Spilsby- Includes Spilsby Food Store, Spilsby Pharmacy and Spilsby Funeral Home.
  • Sutton on Sea- Includes Sutton On Sea Funeral Home.
  • Tattershall- Includes Tattershall Food Store.
  • Woodhall Spa- Includes Woodhall Spa Food Store.
  • Wragby- Includes Wragby Food Store.
  • Holton le Clay- Includes Holton le Clay (Pinfold Lane) Food Store and Holton le Clay Post Office.
  • Bardney- Includes Bardney Food Store.
  • Caistor- Includes Caistor Food Store and Caistor Funeral Arrangement Office.
  • Cherry Willingham- Includes Cherry Willingham Food Store and Cherry Willingham Pharmacy.
  • Dunholme- Includes Dunholme Food Store
  • Gainsborough Town Centre- Includes Market Street Podiatry (Gainsborough), Gainsborough Post Office, Gainsborough Funeral Home and Gainsborough Travel Branch.
  • Gainsborough Uphill- Includes Heapham Road Food Store.
  • Market Rasen- Includes Market Rasen Food Store, Market Rasen Post Office, Market Rasen Funeral Home and Market Rasen Travel Branch.
  • Morton- Includes Morton Food Store and Vanessa Drive Pharmacy.
  • Nettleham- Includes Nettleham Food Store, Nettleham Pharmacy and Nettleham Post Office.
  • Saxilby- Includes Saxilby Food Store, Saxilby Post Office and Saxilby Pharmacy.
  • Scotter- Includes Scotter Food Store and Scotter Post Office.
  • Sturton by Stow- Includes Sturton by Stow Food Store.
  • Welton- Includes Welton Food Store, Welton Post Office, Welton Pharmacy.
  • Albert Street- Includes Albert Street Food Store.
  • Bowbridge Road- Includes Bowbridge Road Food Store.
  • Central Newark- Includes Barnbygate Food Store, Newark Funeral Home and Newark Travel Branch.
  • Collingham- Includes Collingham Food Store.
  • Hawtonville- Includes Churchill Drive Food Store and Churchill Drive Post Office.
  • Lincoln Road, Newark- Includes The Bridge Food Store.
  • Long Bennington- Includes Long Bennington Food Store.
  • Sutton on Trent- Includes Sutton on Trent Food Store.
  • Argyle Street- Includes Argyle Street Food Store.
  • Boston Town Centre- Includes Parkside Pharmacy, Boston Funeral Home and Boston Travel Branch.
  • Eastwood Road- Includes Eastwood Road Food Store.
  • Kirton- Includes Kirton Pharmacy.
  • Old Leake- Includes Old Leake Food Store and Old Leake Post Office.
  • Skirbeck Road- Includes Skirbeck Road Food Store and Boston Pharmacy.
  • Swineshead- Includes Swineshead Food Store and Swineshead Pharmacy.
  • Woodville Road- Includes Woodville Road Food Store.

Crowland- Includes Crowland Food Store.

Donington- Includes Donington Pharmacy.

Gosberton- Includes Gosberton Food Store and Gosberton Post Office.

Holbeach- Includes Holbeach Food Store, Holbeach Pharmacy, Holbeach Post Office and Holbeach Funeral Home.

Long Sutton- Includes Long Sutton Food Store, The Chase Filling Station, The Spire Coffee Shop, Long Sutton Post Office, Long Sutton Travel Branch and Long Sutton Funeral Home.

Spalding- Includes Wygate Park Food Store, Springfields Filling Station, Spalding Funeral Home and Spalding travel branch.

Surflett- Includes South Lincolnshire Crematorium.

Sutton Bridge- Includes Sutton Bridge Food Store.

Whaplode- Includes Whaplode Food Store and Filling Station.

  • Retford- Includes Retford Travel and Retford Funeral Home.
  • Worksop- Includes Kilton Food Store.
  • Misterton- Includes Misterton Food Store and Misterton Post Office.
  • Crowle- Includes Crowle Food Store.
  • Goxhill- Includes Goxhill Food Store.
  • Haxey- Includes Haxey Food Store.
  • Kirton in Lindsey-Includes Kirton in Lindsey Food Store and Kirton in Lindsey Post Office.
  • Messingham- Includes Messingham Food Store and Messingham Post Office.
  • Scawby- Includes Scawby Food Store.
  • Westcliffe- Includes Westcliffe Pharmacy.
  • Willoughby Rd- Includes Willoughby Road Food Store, Riddings Post Office and Scunthorpe Funeral Home.
  • Cambridge Road- Includes Cambridge Road Food Store and Cambridge Road Post Office.
  • Cleethorpes- Includes Cleethorpes Pharmacy.
  • Keelby- Includes Keelby Food Store.
  • Grimsby Town Centre- Includes Grimsby Funeral Home and Grimsby Travek Branch.
  • Nunsthorpe- Includes Nunsthorpe Food Store and Nunsthorpe Post Office.
  • Scartho- Includes Coniston Avenue Food Store and Coniston Avenue Post Office.
  • The Willows- Includes Willows Food Store and The Willows Post Office.
  • Waltham- Includes Waltham Food Store.
  • Wybers Wood- Includes Wybers Wood Food Store and Wybers Wood Pharmacy.
  • Clipstone- Includes Clipstone Food Store.
  • Beverley- Includes Molescroft Pharmacy.
  • Hull- Includes Hull Pharmacy.
  • Hunstanton- Includes Hunstanton Pharmacy.
  • Whittlesey- Includes Whittlesey Food Store.
  • Eastfield, Scarborough- Includes Eastfield Pharmacy.
  • Newby, Scarborough- Includes Newby Pharmacy.
  • Scarborough Town Centre- Includes Aberdeen Walk Pharmacy.
  • Thornton le Dale- Includes Thornton-Le-Dale Pharmacy.