The Big Feed project brings people together over food, by providing a safe, welcoming space at our community cafés. People can enjoy a hearty meal whilst meeting and spending time with others in their community. The cafés offer free meals, and welcome optional contributions such as donating time, money, or skills. In this way, money is no barrier to having a nutritious warm meal, and people can also develop their skills- from cooking, to serving and cleaning. By having community cafés in areas of need, we are able to combine the fight against food waste, food poverty and social isolation- all at once!

Community Cafés

Our Big Feed Community Cafés provide tasty meals made from locally sourced surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfill.

These nutritious meals are FREE to all so come along, share and do your bit to reduce waste and save the planet.

We also welcome optional contributions which include donating time, money or skill-sharing.

Opening times for the cafes are below:

Tuesday and Thursday, 12 – 1:30pm 

Balsall Heath City Farm, Malvern Street, Balsall Heath, B12 8NN

Please note this cafe will be closed from 30/07/21 until after the Summer holidays.

Monday to Friday, 12 – 1:30pm

All Saints, Herbert Road, Small Heath, B10 0PR

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 1:30-2:30pm.

The Spearhead Trust, Druids Heath, B14 5QP

Please note this cafe is closed week commencing 16/08/21.

Facebook live cook-alongs

We hosted facebook live cook-alongs to show you how to create a delicious, nutritious meal from scratch, live on Facebook. The videos were designed so you could follow along with us, and create a yummy meal for your tea.

These are currently on hold during the Summer holidays, but if you want to watch any of them back at a time that suits you, you can find a playlist of the recorded videos here– perfect for when you need some cooking inspiration!

Don’t forget to share with others so they can get involved too. We’d also love to see photos of your creations!

Recipe kits

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Photo of a delicious crumble made from one of our previous recipe kits

Thanks to Food for Life and Incredible Surplus (formerly known as The Real Junk Food Project Birmingham), the Big Feed Project was able to offer free recipe kits to collect from our community cafés. 

In each recipe kit you would find all the ingredients and the recipe required to make a dish, such as Dhal, Chickpea and Potato Curry with Rice, Shepherdess Pie, Caribbean Pumpkin & Black Eyed Bean Soup with Dumplings, Scone-based Pizza or Apple Crumble.

We’re no longer taking requests but you can find the recipes for the kits below:

Shepherdess Pie recipe
Caribbean Soup recipe
Dhal, chapati and chickpea curry recipes
Vegetarian Bean Chilli recipe

How you can help

Visit our volunteering page, or email [email protected] to find out our current opportunities and how you can get involved

 

Enjoying a hearty meal in one of our community cafés helps reduce the amount of food that would otherwise go to landfill- doing your bit for the planet

 

Please tell others about our project and community cafés so we can reach as many people as possible, and ensure no one in our city goes hungry. You can also help by sharing our posts on facebook, twitter and instagram.

We are always looking for more surplus food donations that haven’t reached their use by date. We would love to hear from you if you are a business with surplus food about to reach or that has reached its best before date, or you have a glut of home grown veg you don’t want to go to waste. Our experienced team of creative cooks will be able to make it into something delicious to feed the community. If you have surplus food to donate, please get in contact via email: [email protected] – we would love to work with you!

Big Feed events

The Big Feed Project is happy to provide delicious meals for events in the community, made from surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. You can find out more and request food for an event here.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about the Big Feed Project, or would like more info about our Community Cafés, volunteering opportunities, or how your organisation could work with us, please email: [email protected]