Penicuik Storehouse Community Meal is still being funded by the Fair Food Transformation Fund. We provide a three course meal every Tuesday at St James The Less Church Hall. Anyone can join us. If you wish to help prepare the meal we start at 10.30am. If you would like to join us to eat, we serve at 12.30. The meal is provided on a donate if you can basis.
The aim of the meal is to find new and interesting ways to use food and therefore prevent food waste. Our menus so far have included some very creative recipes including a very tasty vegetable pakora soup!
Those who volunteer with us regularly can be provided with a reference for future employment and we can also offer various levels of food hygiene certificates.
The Community Meal has recently formed a partnership with Beeslack Family Disabled Club and we are helping to develop a community garden. The food grown there will be provide us with fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables for both the community meal and the training undertaken by the club. We also hope to be able to use Penicuik Storehouse shop as a retail outlet to help with funding.
During last summer Leonard Cheshire joined us to work with volunteers from Pentland House and the club to prepare raised bed areas donated to us by Beeslack High School, ready for planting.
Those who helped will be receiving SQA certificates for all their hard work.
Going forward we aim to continue building relationships with schools and groups in the community. We have recently purchased portable kitchen equipment that will enable us to provide portable training even in the most ill equipped venues!