Free Food Forever
Revolutionising how people eat & source their own food
In 2015, we won an Appetite for Change Award through Unltd, the leading provider of support to social entrepreneurs in the UK. The award was to enable The Family Foraging Kitchen to begin our social enterprise programme, Free Food Forever.
This programme enables us to provide free, funded spaces on each of our wild food and cookery walks for low income families and individuals struggling to afford fresh food. This teaches foraging skills and wild food cookery classes that revolutionise how people eat and source their own food.
Then, in 2017, we were awarded further investment from The Shackleton Foundation, allowing us not only the tools to provide a greater number of free wild food sessions within schools and colleges, but to allow us more investment towards our Free Food Forever programme.
Free Food Forever places are also supported by a small portion of our course ticket costs and, with each wild food walk ticket sold, customers are helping households in our community to participate and reduce the risks of food poverty. Additionally, course places are allocated with total anonymity, making Free Food Forever attendees indiscernible from paying customers.
Free Food Forever
Wild Food Boxes
(2020 – Present)
Recently, and with support from the National Lottery Good Causes, we began to expand the initiative, offering twenty free Wild Food boxes, full of freshly foraged ingredients and delicious recipes, to low and no-income households within our community. Each box contains a variety of seasonal and local wild foods that can easily and safely be sourced in the area, as well as information and guidance on both how to incorporate them into a diet and to begin foraging for them.
We believe that wild foods and foraging knowledge can have an amazing effect, not only on the reduction of food poverty but also in the building of communities and the relationships our society has with nature. With this initiative, it is our hope that a greater awareness of the nutritious and abundant wild foods will be supported, enabling people to feel confident picking and cooking their own foraged meals.
Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund in 2021, our Free Food Forever initiative is able to continue. If you are part of a low or no-income household (defined as a household income of £17k and below) and would like to join our Free Food Forever, enabling you to join our wild food walks and for the opportunity to receive a Wild Food box, both for free, then please apply below.
Boxes are available to those residing in Millbrook, Torpoint, Kingsand, Cawsand, Sheviock, Crafthole, Antony, and St. John.
Applications are now open and we aim to process and respond to each enquiry quickly.
As part of this service, we may also ask you to offer feedback for our impact analysis. The information we collect will help us to both improve our services and secure future funding. No personal data will be shared with any third parties.