logoOur community café offers affordable and nutritious home-cooked food 5 days a week and attracts a very wide range of customers. Over the past two years, however, Sid’s Café has developed into much more than just a café.

  1. Food Education: We run regular Cookery Courses and have a thriving Baking Club that meets every Thursday. This summer, we worked with local schools and local councillors to run Cookery and Craft courses for children from local primary schools
  2. Tackling Food Poverty. Our café is there to serve the community so we always keep our prices low. In addition, we give away a lot of free meals – more than £4000 worth in 2014 – to our volunteers and to local people suffering from food poverty
  3. Tackling Food Waste. We work closely with DCFA, one of the other organisations in the Exeter Food Network and this year we have started a new project, Waste Not, Want Not, which is turning surplus fresh produce – rescued from local supermarkets, allotment holders and farms – into a range of pickles, chutneys and jams. During the Autumn harvest season, volunteers have been flocking in to help with the chopping, cooking and jarring.
  4. Growing our own produce. We have a thriving city-centre vegetable garden which supplies fresh produce to our café and we recently planted a row of espaliered fruit trees along the border of our grounds to create a city-centre orchard.

Website: St Sidwells Community Centre