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.
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.
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.
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.
Our project has been supported by the help of others, this includes:
Our aims moving into the new year include: