Fairer Food and the Storehouse

The Storehouse supports making good food more readily available in Penicuik for those in need or looking to build their skills and confidence.

A community meal has provided a three course meal every Tuesday for several years now at St James The Less Church Hall. It was originally set up and run fromJune 2017 by the Penicuik Storehouse, but since August 2019 has been run independently by June Horne.  The aim of the the meal was to provide on a donate if you can basis. The meal aimed to find new and interesting ways to use food and therefore prevent food waste. Those who volunteered regularly were  provided with a reference for future employment and some have attained various levels of food hygiene certificates.

The community meal formed a partnership with Beeslack Family Disabled Club and we helped to develop a community garden. The food grown there provided us with fresh herbs, fruit and vegetables for both the community meal and the training undertaken by the club. During the summer of 2018, 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.

Going forward, the Storehouse aims to continue building relationships with schools and groups in the community around principles of and need for fairer food.  Our own training kitchen, community cafe, food skills programmes and community fridge being planned for the Storehouse community hub will add to services, resources and opportunities available to help others. Please contact julian@penicuikstorehouse.org for information and if you wish your group to connect with what we have to offer.