9 August 2021
A picture of Sanctuary supports social supermarket in Lache

Sanctuary is supporting the work of a social supermarket providing essential food to families in Lache who may otherwise struggle to put food on the table.

Lache Larder is run by volunteers, who redistribute fresh food from local supermarkets including Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Morrisons and Co-Op that would otherwise go to waste.

For a charge of just £3, residents are provided with a food parcel worth £15-£25 that includes fresh fruit and veg, dried goods and various other items.

Since the start of the pandemic, Lache Larder has supported more than 1,600 people – around half of who are Sanctuary residents.

Sanctuary is supporting the larder through its Community Investment Fund, which provides grants for initiatives that make a positive difference to the lives of local people.

Ria Burns, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, said: “Having enough to eat is a basic need and no-one should have to worry about being able to put food on the table or where their next meal is coming from.

“Lache Larder provides an invaluable service for the local community and I’m delighted that we’re able to support its important work.”

Hannah Kaira, a director at Lache Larder, commented: “The larder was set up to tackle food poverty and prevent food waste and has been a real lifeline to so many people in Lache.

“We’d like to say a big thank you to our volunteers, who have given more than 4,000 hours of their time, and to all our partners for their fantastic support.”

One resident, who has received essential food supplies from the larder, added: “I can honestly say that the larder has changed our lives. We eat soup every day after school, my son grazes on fruit rather than snacks and there is always a surprise to discover.”

Lache Larder is in Cliveden Road and is open to everyone within the Lache community between 2-4pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information visit the Lache Larder Facebook page.