Community Food

  • Surplus supermarket food available 11-3 
  • Collected by volunteers daily from Sainsbury’s, Lidl and M&S 
  • Operates on a take what you need, donate £ if you can basis
  • No qualifying criteria needed to use the pop-up shop
  • We are currently the only place in Thurrock offering food 7 days a week

The Hardie community pop-up initially opened outdoors during lock-down and since Covid rules lifted has continued to operate at the cafe by our team and volunteers. The concept works so well and ticks so many boxes. Food is collected daily in the Hardie green van from Sainsburys, M & S and LIdl which would otherwise be wasted. Not only is food saved from landfill, this surplus supermarket produce is redirected to where it is most needed.  Our volunteers have worked with so many families who benefit from this food. It is also stocked daily in the fridge and on the pop-up shelves for community and passers by to benefit from.

We operate on a ‘Take if you need’ and ‘Donate if you can’ basis. Nobody needs a referral or any other qualifying criteria to pop in. We are not a ‘Foodbank’ and receive no government or direct Thurrock Council funding to run our food project. This is why your donations really do make a difference. We have fridges running 24/7, lights on in the cafe, and the little green van’s fuel and upkeep to finance. Whatever you give is most gratefully received and most certainly helps facilitate the daily deliveries of food which we know are welcomed by those who receive.

Pop-up opens daily from 11am until 3pm in the cafe building SS17 0PB

The only place in Thurrock offering food 7 days a week. ALL WELCOME.