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Lunch for Less lunch clubs

Lunch for Less is a service provided by the Annexe Café, offering subsidised lunches for vulnerable and elderly residents.

Developed as part of a Climate Challenge Fund project in 2017 – lunch clubs were launched to provide healthy three course meals for the elderly. Surplus supermarket food supplied by FareShare enables the cook to create healthy meals and keep costs low. A win-win outcome as quality food is diverted from landfill to create affordable healthy meals for residents.

Food supplies are high quality and in-date and come from warehouses - mainly because of over supply or fluctuations of seasonal demand (not out of date food from the shop floor).

A major benefit of lunch clubs is that they also serve as a social gathering and enable folk to meet new friends and have a chat over lunch. Around 30 people attend each day and clubs run four times a week, Tuesday to Friday.

A three-course lunch consists of home-made soup, main course, dessert and tea or coffee, often yogurts and fruit are also available – all for £4 per day. Some folk find three courses too much to eat at lunchtime and bring a container to take-away the main meal to eat in the evening – enjoying the soup and dessert for lunch. Great value!

Celebratory meals are served throughout the year – Burns Supper, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Festive meals, any excuse for a celebrating a special day.

Currently two lunch club sittings are available each day, with a booking system is in place. This is likely to revert to a drop in system when government Covid guidelines are relaxed.