Our Vision

We envision a community with access to good quality, nutritious food. A community, where no one needs to worry when their next meal is coming. We, at The Larder, understand the significance of food insecurity in Scotland and are committed to making stronger, healthier solutions. We create social change through food. We create change for the community, lead by the community.

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Meal Deliveries

Meal Deliveries

When the pandemic hit in March 2020 and face-to-face dining experiences were no longer able to be held, Catalyst Kitchen quickly pivoted services to the delivery of freshly cooked, chilled meals; launched 3rd of April 2020.

Food made by The Larder chefs, and where possible, supported by young people in training is distributed by a team of volunteers on a weekly basis either directly to beneficiaries’ doors or to local pick-up points based in partnership organisations.

Since launch, we have delivered over 120,000 meals to over 800 beneficiaries. 

 

Dining Experiences

Dining Experiences

Prior to the closure of hospitality and in-person dining, as a result of Covid-19, we hosted dining experiences to support those experiencing food insecurity. These experiences provided a hot meal in a social environment, reduced isolation and hunger, and alleviated poverty within our community, as well as created access to quality food in a dignified way. Young chefs in training, supported by The Larder’s chefs to cook and serve all meals, providing work experience for the young trainees.

As hospitality and group dining reopens, The Larder have reopened their doors at Strathbrock Partnership Centre to serve the community once again. 

Cook and Dine

Cook and Dine

Have you lost your love for food, or love food but don’t know how to cook?

Join Catalyst Kitchen and cook up a storm with our Cook and Dine classes. These classes are free to those who are experiencing food insecurity; meaning limited access to food as a result of personal, financial or health issues.

The Larder’s talented chefs will coach you through preparation, cooking skills, food planning and budgeting whilst making delicious meals from scratch. After the class, you will join your fellow classmates for a sit-down meal cooked with your own hands!

The Larder chefs will guide you through this three-hour class, leaving you with new confidence and skills to take home; along with the recipes you have been cooking!

Classes will be held over two-week blocks from 5pm-8pm at Brewster Square, with limited spaces available. To book your place, contact Debbie on 07546 242 738 or email debbie@thelarder.org

  • Block 2 - Thursday 18th November & Thursday 25th November
  • Block 3- Thursday 2nd December and Thursday 9th November
Referrals for Catalyst Kitchen

Referrals for Catalyst Kitchen

In order for us to help you, you will need a referral form completed by one of the professional services we work alongside listed below. Alternatively, you can contact us directly on 01506 412 819.

• Social Work
• Advice Shop
• Homelessness Organisations
• Youth Services
• Police Scotland
• Criminal Justice Service
• West Lothian Schools
• NHS Lothian
• Mental Health Advocacy Project
• Change, Grow, live West Lothian Recovery Service
• Blackburn Family Centre
• Domestic and sexual Assault Team
• Housing First/Cyrenians

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