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

Based initially at the Community Allotments at the Milton Piece allotment site on Wednesday afternoons where the community gardener will liaise with those needing help and volunteers. The community gardener will be on hand to offer support and advice, as well as plenty of tea, coffee and good conversation.

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.

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Holiday Lunches

Work to address the 170-day gap in free school meal provision during the summer is taking place across the UK, labelled ‘Filling the Holiday Gap’.

FOOD Portsmouth rolled out a holiday lunch programme in partnership with six Portsmouth City Council Adventure Playground sites.

Playground workers noted that as well as preventing children missing a meal at lunchtime, the holiday lunch project also "had a positive social contribution, wherein they all enjoyed sitting down together to eat, sometimes with the older children helping the younger children if they struggled.

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Men's Kitchen

A relaxed, fun, and social course, with hands on learning to make dishes such as: soup, stew, and curry. Under the guidance of our expert trainers you will make a lunch to eat together at the end of the session, and another meal to take home. All meals are made using basic, affordable ingredients so you can make them again at home.

The 6-week course is run by FOOD Portsmouth.

Open to all ages. No previous cooking experience required. All ingredients provided


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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.