Teapot Project bringing fresh ingredients and meals to those in need
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The Teapot project is bringing fresh and nutritious food to those most in need through their meal box plans.
Mischa Pearson brought back The Teapot Project to help redistribute restaurant food during the pandemic.
The project has been running a pilot to deliver the boxes but is imminently hoping to offer online orders on a pay as you feel basis to the wider community.
Those taking part will receive three boxes delivered straight to their door which contains a variety of food groups.
A larger box will contain fruit and vegetables while the other boxes will contain staple ingredients such as rice, pasta and cooking sauces, along with a smaller box of prepared meals, cooked by Simon Collins at The Suffolk Food Hall.
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Miss Pearson said: “In traditional food bank models, the food parcels delivered are often one large, heavy and cumbersome tray of food, predominantly filled with highly processed, and high in sugar items of long life food.
“While these items are useful in any cupboard, we think it’s vital to the well-being of our community, and also the planet, to also offer fresh fruit and vegetables.
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“We work with Fareshare to make that happen, by accessing surplus stock otherwise wasted, perhaps with a shorter shelf life but in date and perfectly safe to eat and/or freeze.”
“Those who can’t afford to pay won’t need to, and those who can, will offset those who can’t - just like we did in our pop up Pay As You Feel cafe in 2015, that went on to win multiple awards.
“This way, we remove the financial barrier, while allowing people’s dignity to remain intact: because anyone can order our three box meal plan, and everyone receives the same boxes and service, regardless of how much was paid.
“You can even pay it forward, so someone else who is in need, will receive food on your behalf.”
Organisations will also be able to order from the site for others; the Ipswich Bus Shelter Project have already teamed up with the scheme to help those that may be homeless.