Sutton Community Project is run by a group of volunteers and dedicated to reduce food waste, support the vulnerable in our local community for a better future for all.
In November 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic and national lockdown in the UK, Andrew Ritchie & his family started to collect unsold surplus fresh food from local food stores to save it from going to waste, bringing it home, listing it on the OLIO app and redistributing to our neighbours.
This was offered to everyone; particularly those who were struggling financially, shielding or self-isolating due to covid and single parents for free. Over 180 families were fed during the time of unprecedented food insecurity affected by empty supermarket shelves and a lack of online delivery options. Without compromising each other’s safety, free food was distributed 3-5 times a week from a non-contact Covid secure porch.
To help one of the most deprived areas, it has now moved location from a private home to The Thomas Wall Centre (52 Benhill Ave, Sutton SM1 4DP) at the heart of Sutton.
We are open every Tuesday from 2-6pm (1400-1800) to welcome locals who collect food boxes as well as enjoy having a tea & cake and chat with our friendly welcoming team.
Since the launch in July 2021, we’ve been seeing people coming together, looking after each other, picking up a box for someone else isolating due to Covid or an elderly or vulnerable neighbour and cooking for a meal.
Some who were once being helped by others have become helpers at the centre serving regularly and enjoy being a part of this community.
Feel free to visit us, anyone is welcome!