Projects in the area

Public sector and community food projects


Name of organisation / project Transition Cambridge – Food Group (Member organisation of CSF)
Who they are / What they do Transition Cambridge is a loose federation of voluntary groups involved in raising awareness and practical projects to help Cambridge make the transition to ways of life that are more resilient in the face of rising energy prices and a changing climate. The Food group is one of the groups within Transition Cambridge. Below are the practical projects developed by this group. They are always looking for volunteers and participants. Click on the links to individual projects to find a contact email if you are interested in volunteering. See here to find out more about Transition’s Community Growing Projects (and about community gardens in general.


More information in particular the Food Group Home page


Name of organisation/project Food Cycle (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do The Cambridge branch of a national charity that combines volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create tasty, nutritious meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. At present they provide a weekly lunch at St Paul’s, Hills Road on Saturdays and a fortnightly supper for families at Barnwell Baptist Church (soon to become weekly). The fresh food is collected by volunteers from supermarkets and other Cambridge food outlets in Cambridge, which would otherwise throw away the food as it is nearing its use-by date. Volunteers then use the food to create delicious and nutritious 3-course meals for the community (free but donations welcome if people can afford it). Volunteer cooks and front-of-house people are always needed. Contact for more information.
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Name of organisation/project The Gleaning Network in Cambridge
What they do The East of England Gleaning Network, a branch of the national Gleaning Network, arranges for groups of volunteers to go to farms in East Anglia and South Lincolnshire, where farmers have good crops they can’t sell. The volunteers harvest the crop and it is passed on to FareShare or to local charities, such as Ferry Project in Wisbech to be made into meals for vulnerable people. Volunteers from Cambridge participate regularly in this. You can sign up on their website.
More information Marie-Laure Prevost is the current East of England gleaning coordinator. Email her on


Name of organisation/project Cambridge City Food Bank
What they do The Cambridge City Food Bank is entirely run by volunteers – you can sign up to volunteer via their website. Individuals and groups of people, e.g. businesses, schools and churches, donate non-perishable, ‘in-date’ food to the foodbank for distribution to local people in crisis. Collections at supermarkets are another way food can be donated. Volunteers hand out a shopping list, containing ‘must have’ items of food, and ask the shopping public to consider buying an extra tin or two to help feed people in need. There are six food bank outlets in Cambridge.
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Name of organisation/project Cambridge Carbon Footprint (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do Cambridge Carbon Footprint (CCF) is an award-winning environmental charity that raises awareness of climate change issues and promotes practical solutions to help people live more sustainably.The CCF website provides a range of resources about sustainable food and sometimes runs sustainable food challenges, the latest of which was the World War II Rationing Challenge in June 2015. They are always looking for volunteers in various roles.
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Name of organisation/project Cambridge City Council (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do Cambridge City Council delivers a wide range of services aimed at protecting and enhancing the local environment and improving the quality of life for the people of Cambridge. Their Recycling Team has a group of trained volunteers, “Recycling Champions”, who raise public awareness about recycling, including running Love Food Hate Waste campaigns around the city. See here for more information about volunteering with them.
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Name of organisation/project Food4Food (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do Food4food is a social enterprise, operated by Cambridge charity Wintercomfort for the homeless, providing work experience to vulnerable people. They run a community café from St Andrews Hall, and they have a professional catering business. They use donated food where possible, and locally sourced products for some of their menu.
More information Presentation in the members section.


Name of organisation/project CamLETS (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do CamLETS is short for Cambridge Local Exchange Trading System, and the organisation has been operating since 1993. CamLETS is a kind of network aiming to enable the free exchange of skills, services and goods.
More information Presentation in the members section.


Educational sector


Name of organisation/project Colleges Catering Managers’ Committee (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do The University of Cambridge Catering Managers’ Committee (CMC) Environmental Awards help to promote environmental and ethical awareness across the catering departments, encouraging more sustainable activities.Eco-friendly achievements for 2014 have included Christ’s and King’s colleges introducing “low carbon menus”, to help people make more environmentally sound choices.

  • All colleges in the survey now offer regular vegan dishes, over half of them on a daily basis.
  • Wide-spread local and seasonal food sourcing – some colleges have introduced seasonal menu.
  • A wider range of practices developed to avoid food waste.


Some colleges are members of CSF on their own:

– Christ’s College

– Jesus College

– Kings College

– St John’s College

More information Presentation in the members section.


Name of organisation/project Anglia Ruskin university (Member organisation of CSF)
What they do The Cambridge ARU catering department provides around 600 lunches every weekday during term time. They cook seasonal menus using fresh, locally sourced vegetables and their fish is MSC certified. They are currently working towards the bronze Soil Association award for sustainable food.They mainly serve Rainforest Alliance (rainforest-friendly, organic and fair trade) coffee; their hospitality coffee is fair trade too. Through providing Rainforest Alliance coffee and tea, they have saved 30 acres of rainforest since 2008. Anglia Ruskin is a Fair Trade University.They are Vegetarian Society approved, have the Good Egg Award for serving nothing but free range eggs, and they are now serving more vegan meals at the request of the Vegan Society.
More information Presentation in the members section.


Name of organisation/project Schools and the Food For Life Partnership
What they do The Food for Life Partnership (FFLP) is a coalition of five national charities led by the Soil Association, a leading charity campaigning for healthy and sustainable food and farming.Our award scheme brings schools and their surrounding communities together based around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and nutritious food.Schools awarded by the programme are growing their own food; organising trips to farms; sourcing food from local producers; setting up school farmers’ markets; holding community food events; providing cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serving freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and providing an attractive dining environment so lunchtimes are a positive feature of the school day.There is a number of schools involved in the FFLP award scheme in Cambridgeshire. See the list of schools here.One school is a member of CSF: The Spinney School
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