FOOD Portsmouth is directly involved in delivering projects across the city with a particular focus on Food Inequalities and Green & Growing spaces.  

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Allotment Buddies

This project is based at Milton Piece community allotments on Wednesday afternoons where the community gardener will liaise with those needing help and any potential volunteers happy to offer help. The community gardener will also be on hand to offer support and advice, as well as plenty of tea and coffee. There are also opportunities at Moneyfields site in Baffins.

If  you fancy spending a couple of hours a week helping to grow a variety of foodstuff,  meet others, get outdoors and get active then being an Allotment Buddy could be for you. Or, if you need some help with planting, sowing, weeding, watering among other jobs then an Allotment Buddy could be for you. 

No experience is necessary; tools and equipment provided; volunteer expenses can be covered.

Get in touch via this website and get growing!!

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Summer Holiday Lunches

It’s that time of year again- summer. And so far it’s a scorcher here on the south coast - blazing sunshine, refreshing sea, electric World Cup and the tennis. 

On a less sunny note, however, it is also the time of year many parents dread – the 6-week school holidays. Not only are most parents challenged with keeping their kids occupied 24/7 but they also need to keep their bellies full. 

Food Portsmouth, together with Portsmouth FoodCycle and Foodbank will be tackling Holiday Hunger by providing one hot meal a week at each of Portsmouth’s six adventure playgrounds. That means if a child goes to every playground in a week, then together with the playground’s breakfast provision, each child will be fed throughout the day for six days a week. This in turn will alleviate some of the pressures faced by many parents this summer. 

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Men's Kitchen

A relaxed, fun, and social cooking course, with hands on experience where you will learn how to make a selection of staple dishes such as: soup, stews and curry.

Groups are small and run by men for men at the Pompey in the Community Centre's new training kitchens. Our expert instructors you will guide you through the recipe booklets each week selecting affordable ingredients so you can make the dishes again at home.

Open to all ages over 18. No previous cooking experience required. Ingredients provided; all you need is a takeaway box to enjoy your meals later.

The 6-week course is run by FOOD Portsmouth @ a nominal cost of £5 which covers everything.


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HomeStart Kitchen

A 4-week basic cooking course aimed at those moving in to more permanent accommodation and want to refresh their cookery skills and get more confident in the kitchen.

The course is open to all ages; couples, men, women and others; run by two instructors in small groups at Pompey in the Community. All ingredients and everything you will need are included – even the takeaway boxes to put the cooked food in. A kitchen equipment starter pack will be presented on completion of the course.


Treadgolds Growing

Treadgolds City Garden at historic Treadgolds, 1 Bishop Street, Portsea.

A garden for use by the local community and different groups to plant, sow and grow their own vegetables and fruit. We will be running sessions for those wanting to learn all about how to start going about it, as well as having open access for those looking to develop their own skills and have a bash at something different, such as cultivating oyster mushrooms.