A Growing Need
Grow to Give is a community food initiative providing fresh, locally grown food to food banks and community fridges across Buckinghamshire. Food charities have faced a significant increase in demand for food since the Pandemic started, and this has continued withthe Cost of Living crisis.
We believe that everyone should have access to fresh food.
Local allotment and home growers sometimes end up with too much of a particular fruit or vegetable. By donating their surplus they can support local people at a very difficult time, reducing any food waste and volunteering in a healthy way to have a meaningful impact to their community.
Since we started in 2020, as a response to Covid-19, we have donated over 8 tonnes of fresh food. Our key highlights for 2022 were:
Donating over 3,200kgs of fresh food collected – the equivalent of 2 giraffes in weight!
20 allotments involved, up 50% from last year
Over 250 growers and 40 Allotment Champions
Working with 5 food charities across Buckinghamshire
Supporting over 1000 local people and families with fresh food
Our local food charities also asked if we could give more ideas on how to use the fresh food. Encouraging sustainable growing and delicious but simple ways to cook with the fruit and veg continue to be our key focus in 2022.
We'd like to give special recognition and thanks to Buckinghamshire Council for funding us again this year.
Susanna Geoghegan, Allotment Champion, Hogtrough Road
"It really doesn’t take much time or effort being a Champion and, with even modest donations from allotmenteers, its astonishing how much fresh produce we can collectively give"