Our 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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