Eaglesham Community Food Larder event

In March Outside the Box partnered with the Eaglesham & Waterfoot Community Food Larder to help deliver one of their community coffee mornings.

The larder received funding from the East Renfrewshire TSI to deliver a series of community events to bring people together as part of the Winter Planning Fund.

These coffee mornings were held in venues in the village and each coffee morning had a theme, the one in March being nature and climate action.

As part of our Climate Chat project we went along to help out and chat to villagers about local climate action and little things people can do that can have a big impact. We chatted about recycling, public transport, food waste, community gardens and most importantly – food sharing! We also brought along our new resources which were all quickly snapped up.

At each of the community coffee mornings the larder gave away goodie bags to each guest and this time the bags were filled with vegetable and wildflower seed packets, a mini vegetable seed planter and information about food sharing in East Renfrewshire.

The children that attended are always excited to do some arts and crafts so this time all the craft activities and toys were plastic free and wooden with recycled paper for drawing.

The coffee morning itself was made more climate conscious by buying metal cutlery that can be reused at future events and individually wrapped cakes and biscuits so that any leftovers could be put directly into the food larder so they weren’t wasted.

The Eaglesham Community Garden were also in attendance with a stall to chat to local people about the opportunities they can provide to individuals and groups and chat about local food growing.

The event was a great success with over 50 people coming along and some great feedback was received:

“More climate themed events! Great to raise awareness among the community of the importance of individual efforts”.

“The kids loved coming home and nurturing their seeds, they didn’t want to leave”

“Giving the kids seeds to sow and goodie bags which contained packets of wild flower seed and pots so we could sow at home. Great idea, kids loved it”. 

“In a small community, this is a godsend. We have lost our bank, post office, etc . This was a chance for folk to meet and chat, with tea, coffee etc”.