In a bold and innovative step County Councillor David Drew agreed to allocate his £40,000 Build Back Better budget to NoSH (Network of Stroud Hubs) in order that a Food Co-ordinator could be engaged to support the food hubs.
David said: “I have been delighted to help NoSH and the Hubs financially as they are a beacon of hope in very difficult times.
“I have been so impressed by the work they are carrying out to help residents who are facing the squeeze caused by the cost-of-living crisis and I hope that we can now deliver a co-ordinated strategy to make their work sustainable into the long run as essential organisations in Stroud Town.”
Annie Page has taken on the role and is already out in our community, sourcing more high quality, nutritious food, making it accessible on pay as you can basis through the Foodhubs, and their cafes.
“We have big plans to extend our reach as we engage with more local businesses to use surplus food, glean from producers in the growing season, and link up with local independent retailers to set up baskets so that their shoppers can purchase extra items to donate”, said Annie.
NoSH have been providing a vital service for our town, both through the pandemic, and then subsequently in the cost of living crisis. Located in the heart of our communities, the hubs are at The Octagon Paganhill, Middle of the Hill Community Group (Centred around Nouncells Cross), the Top of Town, Uplands, the Trinity Rooms and The Marah Trust. These hubs have provided vital food, advice and refuge for people who are struggling on many levels. One regular visitor last year said just before Christmas “My heart is full of gratitude to all of you for the compassion, love, kindness and generosity you showered me with; you’ve restored my dignity & hope”.
NoSH have already developed partnerships with Stroud Farmers Market, Common Soil Community Farm, Green Gourmets, Andy Rumming Beef, Slad Valley Mushrooms all of whom help to encourage food equity in our community. If you’re a part of the food chain & would like to support us in feeding Stroud & reducing food waste, by donating surplus/wonky produce please get in touch with Annie on email@example.com
The Community Hubs are always needing more community builders. If you would like to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org