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Food at Hope

Food is central to Hope

Read here to find out how Hope uses food in many different ways to bring benefits to individuals and our community.

Watch a short film about the centrality of food to Hope’s work, here:

Not having enough food to eat is, alongside having no home, the most extreme level of poverty.

Access to healthy food for people on low incomes

We provide access to high quality, healthy food from our day services and food club, offered in a positive, fair and dignified manner to people in need. By doing so, we improve people’s health and wellbeing. It’s the simplest way in which we provide essential charitable services to people in need, but it is only the start. For us food is a way of driving change, for individuals, and our society.

We provide food to take away for rough sleepers and sofa surfers and others who have nowhere to cook, from the Hand Up service at Oasis House.

Hope’s foodclub provides discount, but heathy and fresh food to people on benefits , who join the club on a membership system.   The project runs a series of pop-up shops on remote estates, taking food to people where they are, rather than from a static base.   You can read about the project here

We educate about food

We teach people how to cook and to budget in our day centre and foodclub so they can eat well on low incomes and so they can get jobs in catering.  Through Hope Catering we offer training in catering for disadvantaged people as a step back onto the employment ladder and towards self-sufficiency. We teach people how to grow veg.

We grow food

In 2018 we started growing vegetables and salad for our various food services, reclaiming derelict urban land for productive use and offering training and education in horticulture and the value of fresh veg.


or look at how you can collect food via our Street by Street initiative,

We actively contribute to the reduction of food waste, but this is not our priority; rather our priority is to see that if there is surplus food from  a broken food system, that it is made available to people in need.

We always need volunteers who can help with our food work. Email volunteering@northamptonhopecentre.org.uk


We are active members of the Sustainable Food Northampton partnership – working to improve access to good food for all Northampton’s citizens.

We are members of Good Food Organisations Canada as an international affiliate:

We link closely to the work of SUSTAIN

We are also members of the UK’s Independent Food Aid Network:

There are other sources of food aid for people in need in the county; here is the current directory


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