Our idea for the Real Meal Store began before Covid. With one in eight households reporting food insecurity in BS13, we’ve been aware for a long time that the food crisis pre-dated the pandemic and was largely being overlooked. During lockdown, the Real Meal kitchen sent out 40,000 meals to over 400 households as part of our food response, but to really support people out of food poverty we need to address root causes, not just imminent hunger.
Our Pay It Forward range invites the city of Bristol to support our work. Every order you make from our Pay it Forward range means that you’ll be supporting a household of 4 people to have delicious, high-quality food choices plus additional professional support to tackle the challenges they face.
At the Real Meal Store, we’re producing quality, pre-prepared, home-style ready meals using ingredients grown by our Kitchen Garden Enterprise team. By freezing our cooked meals, we are locking in both the nutrients and flavour of our locally grown produce, to offer a healthy and convenient food option for busy people.
The Real Meal Food Service
The Real Meal store is based in The Gatehouse Centre in Hartcliffe and is a social enterprise that supports BS13 residents whilst also selling Real Meals to the wider Bristol community.
During the period April 2020 to September 2021, we offered support through our Covid 19 Emergency Food Response to households in BS13 offering free frozen meals. We have successfully distributed over 40,000 meals to residents.
There is a great demand for this help within BS13. Families struggle with rising food, gas and electric costs, delays in receiving benefits and the ongoing struggle of making finances stretch to cover essential living costs.
We continue to offer free frozen meals through our Food Referral Service to households in BS13. Families can choose 2 meals per person, per week, for 8 weeks.
We offer flexible opening times for collection of our meals from The Real Meal Store (found at the rear of The Gatehouse Centre, BS13 9JN). We are open Monday –to Friday between 10 am and 5 pm to fit in with busy family life.
For housebound people, we offer a limited delivery service (only available if there is no one in the family able to collect from our store).
Anyone in BS13 can refer themselves, just phone us on 07500 599637 for an informal chat to find out more. Professionals working in the area can also refer families to us. There is an eligibility form we ask everyone to fill out either over the phone or when they first visit.
We usually have 3-4 frozen meal options available with at least one meat option.
By freezing our cooked meals, we are locking in both the nutrients and flavour to offer a healthy and nutritious meal to busy families in BS13. Please do contact us if this service would be helpful to you.