Our idea for the Heart of BS13 Kitchen 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 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 Heart of BS13 Kitchen, we’re producing quality, pre-prepared, home-style ready meals using ingredients grown by our Garden team. Freezing our cooked meals means 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 Heart of BS13 Community Freezer
Our community freezer is based in The Gatehouse Centre in Hartcliffe. It supports BS13 residents and sells our delicious frozen meals to the wider Bristol community.
Between April 2020 to September 2021, we supported households in BS13 as part of our Covid 19 Emergency Food Response, distributing over 40,000 free meals to residents.
The demand for support remains high within BS13. Families struggle with rising food, gas and electric costs, delays in receiving benefits and the ongoing challenge 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 Heart of BS13 Kitchen (found at the rear of The Gatehouse Centre, BS13 9JN). We are open Tuesday to Thursday between 11 am and 4 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 request to use the community freezer, just phone us on 07500 599637 for an informal chat to find out more, or complete our community freezer application form. Professionals working in the area can also refer families to us using this referral form.
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.
Food Security in BS13
Throughout 2022 we have 4 work streams to tackle food poverty, running alongside our Heart of BS13 Kitchen and food service as we continue to provide high quality, free meals for people who need them in our community.