2020 End of Year Summary

CropDrop coordinates the distribution of donated fruit and vegetables from growers across Bath & North East Somerset to affordable food organisations providing access to affordable food.

Our mission is to build and strengthen the relationships within local communities, developing resilience and food security through the sharing of knowledge, time, produce and land.

What started as an idea between a representative of growers and a food poverty officer for B&NES council, has now achieved 158 drops from 17 sources to 21 recipients through the support of 4 volunteer project coordinators and 13 volunteer drivers.

In this summary, we provide an overview of what those 158 drops look like.

158
Drops
17
Sources
21
Recipients
4
Coordinators
13
Drivers

Crops dropped

Number of crops dropped to a food project, regular and one-off

1,700kg
Total Weight
21,000
Meals

Estimate: Total weight of crops dropped in the first 4 months of operation = 1,700kg, enough for one portion of fruit and veg in over 21,000 meals

Thank you to everyone in this initiative! It has been a great boost for people in our food club having fresh veg and also being able to use it in the kitchen for our café.
Naomi Cox
Weston Welcome Café and Food Club
An illustrated person with a crate of produce.

Types of drops

Total number of crops dropped in each area and the number of one-off drops across B&NES

Every regular CropDrop food journey was less than 3km, frequently less, due to our aim of keeping a low Carbon Footprint.

Our Volunteer Drivers: 34 people joined our bank of drivers to help where required. In 2020, 8 people have committed their time to share produce weekly in Bath, Keynsham and the Somer Valley and 5 drivers have helped transport our one-off donations.

Projects who have shared the fruit and veg include:
2 Foodbanks, 3 Food Clubs, 2 Food Pantries, 2 Community Larders, 1 Community Fridge, several Community Projects which provide food parcels to their members, 2 Community Cafés and 6 Schools.

It is fantastic to receive good quality, locally grown food. It’s exciting to select something from an assortment of produce and often leads to lovely conversations with members.

Families are often thrilled to tell us how excited their child was when they brought home something interesting like a giant marrow or an unusually shaped courgette or carrot.
Megan Mehnert
BrightStart FOOD Clubs
An illustrated person holding a giant marrow.

Mapping our reach

Explore our connections made between grower and recipient in Bath, Keynsham and Somer Valley in this interactive map. Select a region from the available buttons above the map to zoom to that location. Our overall project map has been shared and viewed 3,328 times (as of 20/2/2021).

They like to see produce that has been home grown, brought in, prepared (by them) and then made into meals. They enjoy talking about meal planning with the different varieties of fruit and veg and always willing to try even though some of them are unusual and they have never seen or used or even tasted before.
Tara Howell
SWALLOW Café
An illustrated person holding a bunch of carrots.

Working with others

Our project has been supported by the help of others, this includes:

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Bath Allotment Association

From our inception, CropDrop has been supported by the Bath Allotment Association in helping us connect with its members and coordinating the distribution of bountiful produce. They have featured us in their seasonal newsletters and invited us to present our work as guest speakers at their 2020 AGM.
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Feeding Britain

On invitation, we presented a roundtable discussion to the Feeding Britain network to share CropDrop’s story and effective approach for using crop abundance, contributing to local food security.  We highlighted the challenges we solved and offered insight and inspiration to others looking to do similar.
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Carbon Copy

"A hub that connects local communities, councils and companies who share the goal of a carbon zero future. We are a non-political, non-profit organisation. Our aim is to help more people in taking local climate action and collectively in building something better."
Attracted by our project’s achievements to date, Carbon Copy asked to share our ‘how to’ guide for those considering connecting growers and food projects in their area. Our project’s page has so far received over 50 unique page views.

Moving into 2021

Our aims moving into the new year include: