The Larder Cafe has opened opposite Preston Town Hall, February 2019. It's a social enterprise comprising a food academy and catering business, and is connected to a network of local farms.
Its purpose is to collectively support the movement for sustainable food in Lancashire and mobilise action on the following six priority themes:
Promoting healthier and sustainable food to the public
Tackle food poverty and
Increase access to affordable healthier food
Build community food knowledge, skills resources and projects
Promote a vibrant and diverse sustainable food economy
Transform catering and food procurement and reduce waste and the ecological footprint of the food system
Live Magazine said: It is a social enterprise which provides accredited and bespoke food and health related training to a range of organisations. This not for profit organisation has opened its first café and food academy in a bid to share the food hub’s message about healthy, local and seasonal and waste-free food.
“We’ll cater for different dietary requirements but keep everything inclusive, so for instance we’ll always have a vegan option but we’ll call it ‘meat and dairy free’. Food will also be seasonal so salads at this time of year will feature things like beetroot and carrot but no tomatoes.
Key CharacterKay Johnson, from Preston, always had a passion for sustainable food and for sharing that passion. A registered nutritionist, she has over 20 years’ experience as a health professional. She grew up on a farm in Lancashire where her interest in food began in early childhood. After several years of working in the food industry as a chef and in product development, she completed an MSc in Nutrition at Kings College 1992. The rest of the Larder Team
PovertyPoverty increases diet-related health issues - as fuel poverty often means less home-cooking. In 2011 the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that Preston (and nearby Burnley) had a significantly higher density of fast food outlets than the national average. Preston had the 'unhealthiest high street' according to a Royal Society for Public Health assessment of 70 areas in the UK in 2015
Parts of the Preston were in the bottom 20% of the country in the multiple indices of deprivation report in 2015, and almost a third of children in the city live below the poverty line, according to End Child Poverty. More on Food Poverty on this site.
A major aim for the cafe is to run 'Food Champion' courses to encourage and educate people into healthier - and cheaper - eating.