COVID-19 UPDATE: Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Waste into Wellbeing has been running a very different operation to usual. Kendal People’s Cafe is currently closed and food bags are being distributed to those in need at three food shares around the town. If you’re interested in volunteering during this time, we’re asking that you contact Trustee, Chris Rowley ( rather than signing up via the app as would be the norm. 

About Us

Welcome to the home of Kendal Food Hub 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 bakeries which would otherwise be destined for landfill is turned into nourishing meals, provided on a pay what you can basis, or is distributed to residents in need and community groups who support them.

Kendal Food Hub

The Hub enables Waste into Wellbeing to collect, sort and store larger amounts of food before being re-distributed to various local organisation and residents’ associations supporting those in need.

Kendal People’s Cafe

The team of volunteers run a pay what you can café from the South Lakes Foyer, a Lunch Bunch event in conjunction with the NHS and continues to have a presence at many community events and festivals.

Current Projects

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Kendal People Café sessions have been suspended until further notice.

Food Shares

Following the success of the food shares we have delivered over the summer in response to COVID-19,  Waste into Wellbeing is now running a weekly community food larder from its new premises at Stricklandgate House. The new-format food shares are open to anyone and individuals are invited to browse the food and drink we have available, taking what they need. Please note, restrictions may apply to ensure a fair share.

The food we have on offer is donations from local food retailers, including 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. In normal times, the Lunch Bunch scheme sees vulnerable and socially isolated elderly residents gather together once a month for a three-course lunch and a good natter.

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the team has prepared and delivered meals to Lunch Bunch members in their own home twice a month. The deliveries are always met with smiles and good cheer.

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 and have received them from some including individuals who have had to work from home and therefore not incurring their usual travel costs.

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 Growing Well, Kendal

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Social Media

Kendal People's Cafe

1 day 10 hours ago

What a lovely idea!

Kendal People's Cafe

4 days 15 hours ago

Great idea!

Our Supporters

Thank you to the following organisations, who are currently supporting us with grant funding:

Special thanks to our surplus donors:

Booths * Parsons of Kendal * Lovingly Artisan * Aldi * Asda 

Sincere thanks must go to the following organisations for their generous support during the COVID-19 response operation:

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