Rheged Community Food Hub

In association with the Food Redistribution Centre at Recycling Lives, Preston.

Back in September, we partnered with The Food Redistribution Centre, which is run by social business Recycling Lives, and invited local community groups to our site near Penrith, Rheged Centre, to find out more and sign up to a new food charity initiative.

Committed to tackling food poverty and reducing food waste, the initiative takes surplus goods from food suppliers and retailers to distribute to community groups and not-for-profit organisations who register to receive food.


The Centre, based in Lancashire, has expanded over the last year by working with a range of charitable organisations and opening Local Collection Points across Cumbria. We’ll be working with our partners, Recycling Lives and Fareshare – the national charity for food redistribution – to run the hub at Rheged. Food is packaged in the Preston-based Redistribution Centre and delivered to Rheged once a week for registered community groups to then collect. This week saw our second food delivery to Rheged, and we’re pleased to have 9 local primary schools and community groups benefiting from the initiative. For a minimal payment they’re receiving food for breakfast and after school clubs, snacks and community lunches.

Since its launch in October 2015, Recycling Lives’ Centre has distributed more than 1,000,000 meals, diverting more than 430 tonnes of goods from landfill and working with over 100 charitable organisations, including several schools. It delivers the equivalent of 13,000 meals a week to feed around 5,000 people.

If you’d like more information , email Claire.urquhart@westmorlandfamily.com.