As a consequence of the corona virus pandemic, people have experienced fear and anxiety, isolation and loneliness, illness and grief. There have been job losses, business closures, and work has dried up for the self employed. Both emotionally and financially people have been pushed to the very edge. Our vision is to bring some relief to these pressures. Specifically, we wish to help those in the Chester community who are experiencing food poverty. We will provide food to feed their bodies and a community connection to fill their hearts with hope. We do this in partnership with others in a spirit of goodwill, cooperation and trust.
Our Partnership is made up of organisations drawn from the voluntary and community sector in Chester with a common interest in addressing food hunger.
Over the past 20 months we have providing emergency food to around 100 families each month, this is a total of 2000 parcels supporting 4000 families and individuals.
Crossroads Community Hub and Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) are now working together to launch the Greenway Grocer, providing an opportunity for everyone to easily access affordable fruit and vegetables.
The Greenway Grocer is a bike that will use the Greenway cycle path to visit different areas of Chester, taking healthy food to people in their own communities where it’s needed most.
The project will form strong links with local organisations and people so the Greenway Grocer can pop up in these communities on a regular basis and become a trusted way for people to access affordable fruit and vegetables, which will be provided by Hoole Food Market.
Rev Andy Glover, Minister of Hoole Baptist Church, Lead Partner of Crossroads Community Hub, said: “The Hub began helping provide emergency food parcels to those specifically impacted by the pandemic and we’re now excited to have the opportunity to provide affordable food, alongside emergency food, through the Greenway Grocer project.
“It’s always been our desire to provide food to feed bodies and communities and fill hearts with hope through the work of the Hub.”
Steph Ellis, Food Strategy Lead at CWVA, added: “It’s so important everyone works together to help people access the food they need so that’s why we decided to introduce specialist food infrastructure at CWVA.
“We’re delighted to be supporting Crossroads Community Hub with this project as it’s a really innovative way to get food out to communities that need it the most.
“Crossroads Community Hub will be delivering this project and we’ll be there as a trusted partner, offering support around things like strategy, volunteer management, training, communication and marketing and much more.
Now on Friday mornings each week between 10am and 12 noon the Meeting Place is open at the Hub
The Hub will be closed from Christmas Eve 24th of December and reopen on Thursday the 6th of January
The address of the Hub is Dickson’s Drive Newton Chester CH2 2 BN