COVID-19 UPDATE: Waste into Wellbeing reopened Kendal People’s Cafe in April 2022. Currently, it is open every Saturday with opening times reviewed throughout the year. The Community Food larder continue at Stricklandgate House on Tuesdays and Thursdays and at Kendal People’s Cafe on Saturdays. COVID-19 safety precautions are in place at both venues. Our 2020 impact report highlights our emergency response work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full report here.

About Us

Welcome to the home of Kendal Community Food Larder and Kendal People’s Cafe, two exciting projects delivered through Waste into Wellbeing, part of South Lakes Action on Climate Change.

Waste to Wellbeing is a volunteer led, social project at the heart of Kendal’s Food Community. Food from local supermarkets, shops and eateries which would otherwise be destined for landfill is turned into nourishing meals, provided on a pay what you can basis, or is re-distributed to residents in need through a community larder.

Community Food Larder

Volunteers work hard to collect, sort and store food ready to share it with local residents through Kendal Community Food Larder, currently at Stricklandgate House on Tuesday and Thursday, and from Kendal People’s Cafe on Saturdays from 12-2pm

Kendal People’s Cafe

The team of volunteers run a pay what you can café, prepare and deliver meals in conjunction with the NHS and have had a strong presence at many community events and festivals. Currently running Saturdays 11.30-2pm from the South Lakes Foyer in Kendal. (Behind the bus station or access via the yard on Stricklandgate)

Current Projects

Community Food Larder

Waste into Wellbeing is now running a community food larder at Stricklandgate House. The larder is open to anyone and individuals are invited to browse the food and drink available, taking what they need. Please note, restrictions may apply to ensure a fair share. The larder is open Tuesday and Thursday 12-2pm in the old Coach House which is behind Stricklandgate House. We also have a food larder at Kendal People’s Cafe in South Lakes Foyer on Saturdays 12-2pm

The food we have on offer is surplus donations from local food retailers and food re-distribution charity Fare Share. It is rescued food which would otherwise have been wasted. Whilst all the food is perfectly fine, it might have a short use-by date. Due to the fluctuating supply we cannot guarantee what we will have available each week, but we try to share what we have as fairly as possible. 

Community Larder Food Share Details

Lunch Bunch

Waste into Wellbeing is delighted to be working with the marvellous nurses and carers of the local NHS Integrated Care in the Community team. The Lunch Bunch scheme sees vulnerable and socially isolated elderly residents gather together once a month for a two-course lunch and a good natter.

Throughout 2020, the project changed to home deliveries, but we are thrilled to be back to face-to-face gatherings once again. We are currently running weekly lunches for smaller numbers, so that all our 30-40 members “Lunch Bunchers” get to come along at least once a month.

Kendal People’s Cafe

The Cafe runs every Saturdays at the South Lakes Foyer. Drinks and cakes will be served from 11.30 am along with access to the food larder. Lunch service will run from 12-1.30pm. All meals, snacks and drinks are served on a pay as you can/feel basis. All donations made support our work within the community and help us rescue more surplus food from landfill.

(Entrance through the Conference room at the back).

Get Involved


If you like what we do and have some spare time, whether it be a couple of hours a week, or a couple of hours a month, then take a look at our volunteering page for more information.

Donate Surplus Food

If you’re a business with surplus food stock or a resident with a glut of homegrown produce, read about how you can donate here.

Monetary Donations

We welcome donations from organisations and individuals alike. These financial contributions help sustain the support we offer the community and rescue more food from landfill.

Recipe Inspiration

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to cook with waste food or tips on how to reduce your food waste then check out some recipe inspiration from our friends at Growing Well.

Read our News

User Survey

If you have used our food shares it would be great if you could complete our anonymous user survey here. (Only complete this if you have not filled in a paper copy.)

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Our Supporters

Thank you to the following organisations who are currently supporting us through grant funding or in-kind contributions:

Special thanks must also go to the number of private donors who support our operation with one-off or regular donations.

Sincere thanks must go to the following organisations who are committed to reducing food waste while supporting the community.

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