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About us

Social Enterprise and Charity

Improving Heath and Wellbeing - Business for Community Benefit

Social Enterprise

We sell quality fresh fruit, veg and healthy snacks to hundreds of customers in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Food Bank

We operate a food bank from our premises in Aberdeen, distributing emergency food parcels to those in need.

FareShare

We redistribute perfectly edible, in-date surplus food from the food industry to charities and community organisations throughout the north east.

Community Food Outlets

We sell fresh produce available at affordable prices in the community.


Cook at the 'Nook

Our Community Training Kitchen is opening soon!

Support Services

We offer a range of services to people experiencing food poverty, including financial capability and referrals.

Environment

We run a number of projects based around waste reduction and tackling carbon emissions.

Volunteers

We support a large team of dedicated volunteers, work placements, and supported employment.

Fruit & Veg

The freshest fruit, vegetables, and healthy snacks..

Delivered FREE to your workplace!

Order today!

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How it works


Request price list

Our prices change weekly, so for the most up to date prices please contact us.

Place your order

You can order by using the contact form below, by emailing info@cfine.org or by calling
01224 596156.

Free Delivery

Our team of drivers will deliver your order free to your workplace, or you can collect from our warehouse in Aberdeen, or the Fruit Mart in Peterhead.

Fruit and Veg for social good

The profit from our sales goes directly into our charity tackling poverty in the north east of Scotland.

Charity

Food Bank

CFINE operates a food bank at 2 Poynernook Road, Aberdeen, providing emergency food parcels to those in need. Perhaps more importantly, CFINE aims to provide support by offering money/budgeting and employability advice.

Opening times:
Mon - 9am to 1pm
Tue - 10am to 4pm
Wed - 10am to 4pm
Thur - 10am to 4pm
Fri - 1pm to 4pm

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Food is generated in a number of ways:

  • Public donations
  • FareShare network
  • Food Drives

The generosity and compassion shown by companies and the general public has been astonishing and heart- warming – THANK YOU!

We are currently running low of the following items, could you help us out?

  • Rice
  • Pasta sauce
  • Sugar
  • Tinned meals (mince, macaroni etc)
  • Tinned fruit
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Toiletries (male & female including sanitary products)
  • Baby products (nappies, baby food)

In addition, CFINE is the lead partner of Food Poverty Action Aberdeen which brings together 50 organisations throughout the city and aims to tackle poverty and build resilience.

FareShare Grampian

CFINE operates FareShare Grampian, a franchise of FareShare UK, which distributes fresh, quality, and in-date surplus from the food industry (including supermarkets and food producers) that would otherwise go to waste. We deliver this to more than 170 charities and community organisations in the North East of Scotland including Cyrenians, Salvation Army, Instant Neighbour, and Aberdeen Foyer.

FareShare saves good food destined for waste and delivers it to charities, homeless shelters, woman’s refuges, community groups and food banks, who use it to provide meals and emergency food parcels for people experiencing food poverty.

FareShare

Over the past year, FareShare Grampian distributed over 270 tonnes of FareShare produce, including fresh and frozen food, tinned meals, fruit and veg, cereals, pasta, tea bags and coffee etc as well as other essentials including nappies, toiletries and sanitary products. This has in turn saved 135 tonnes of carbon emissions.

Community Food Outlets

Community Food Outlets (CFOs) give people in the community access to high quality produce including fruit & veg at affordable prices.

We have dozens of outlets set up and run by our team of dedicated volunteers. Come along to your local CFO to see the wide variety of fresh produce on offer!

Located throughout Aberdeen city and Aberdeenshire, our CFOs are based in community centres, churches, hospitals and sheltered housing.

Cornhill Hospital CFO

You can download a full list of Community Food Outlets here.

If you are interested in accessing a CFO, volunteering at one or setting up a new one, please contact Christine on 01224 596156 or email info@cfine.org.

Cook at the 'Nook

Community Training Kitchen

Kitchen

CFINE secured funding through the Landfill Community Fund to build a Community Training Kitchen at our premises in Aberdeen. The Kitchen is now built with the big clean and equipping underway. The Kitchen will have 2 purposes:

  • Firstly, to offer cooking training and social contact for and with low income individuals, families, communities and organisations. Courses around reducing food waste and healthy cooking on a budget will be on offer;

  • And secondly, ‘cook school’ type training opportunities for paying customers will be offered, the income from which will support the free access for low income groups.

    • Watch this space for more info on our fabulous Kitchen!

Support Services

CFINE and Food Poverty Action Aberdeen adopt a position that food banks are not a sustainable solution to the problems faced by those experiencing food poverty; creating dependency, eroding dignity, and doing little or nothing to change the status quo. They are, however an essential service accessed by thousands of vulnerable people. With this in mind, CFINE aims to provide a "person-centred" approach around the priority requirements of financial education and capability, employability, heating/energy & housing advice/support, and health and well-being.

Financial Capability

Benefits/Budgeting advice

CFINE provides guidance and support through in-house Financial Capability Officers. The officers are employed through the AHEAD project (Action Health Education/Employment Against Disadvantage), a partnership between Grampian Housing Association, North East Scotland Credit Union and CFINE. The AHEAD project helps people with benefits and budgeting advice:

  • Checking entitlement to benefits

  • Applying for benefits

  • Dealing with any issues around benefits such as delays/sanctions

  • Managing money on a budget

  • Dealing with debts

The Financial Capability Officers also organise Waste Awareness Sessions and Making Your Money Go Further workshops where they teach people about shopping on a budget, food waste management and meal planning.

Referrals

Employability

We refer beneficiaries to Pathways, which offers one-to-one support to help people find the job they want. Their Keyworkers help people in all aspects of the job search: building confidence, develop a plan to reach their job goal, develop or update the CV, complete application forms, prepare for interviews, access funds to remove barriers to work e.g. training or equipment.

Pathways run a drop-in session at our Aberdeen office every Wednesday 1pm - 4pm.

Heating/Energy advice

We refer beneficiaries to energy/heating social enterprise Scarf (Save Cash and Reduce Fuel) that aim to make a practical difference to people living in fuel poverty and that purpose remains at their core as they deliver a range of quality services focusing on:

  • fuel poverty

  • energy efficiency

  • sustainable living

  • carbon reduction

Housing

CFINE refers to Aberdeen City Council housing department for issues around council housing, tenancy & repairs, and homelessness.

Signposting

Our staff endeavour to provide support and advice on a number of issues, however if someone has an issue that we do not cover through referrals or in-house support, we have a large database of agencies that we signpost to.

Environment

Zero Waste Scotland Project

CFINE has funding from Zero Waste Scotland to offer various activities that focus on the Reduce Reuse and Recycle message. Our target areas are all the regeneration areas of Aberdeen, Peterhead and Fraserburgh.The activities we offer are:

Swapshops

We encourage people to take along unwanted items to swap for something they need. Swapshops can be set up for specific categories such as toys or small electrical items or can be more general. The community groups we work with decide what would best suit their group.

Love Food Hate Waste Cooking

Our cooking demonstrations and classes aim to teach people simple ways to reduce the amount of food that is wasted. We do this by educating people about portion sizes and the storing of food and also recipes using leftovers and items that are past their best but still perfectly good to use such as black bananas.

Love Your Clothes

We go out into the community and offer advice on the best way to care for clothing to make sure your garments look good for as long as possible. We also share stain removing tips and run classes on how to make simple repairs to clothing such as sewing on a button of mending a hole.

Get Involved

Donate

We always welcome donations. See below the different ways you can help.

Paypal


Bank Transfer

Account No: 06359168
Sort code: 80-22-60

JustGiving

Donate with JustGiving

Donate Food

Alternatively, you can donate food to our food bank at 2 Poynernook Road, Aberdeen. See below for a list of items we desperately need:

  • Pasta sauce
  • Tinned meals (mince, macaroni etc)
  • Long life milk (UHT)
  • Bread
  • Toiletries (including sanitary products)

We appreciate every contribution made, no matter how small, and would like to thank everyone who has donated in the last year. CFINE relies on people like you, so THANK YOU!

Volunteer

Benefits of Volunteering, Work Experience, Supported Employment

Volunteers undoubtedly give time, energy, ideas and experience – but they also receive eg social networks, building confidence, learning new skills, getting experience that helps on a CV, the feel-good factor from contributing to your community. CFINE, over the past year, has had >200 volunteers, work placements and supported employees – a good experience and laughter always a feature! Consider giving it a go!! Volunteers are the ‘backbone’ of CFINE.

What do our volunteers do?

  • Driving

  • Warehouse duties

  • Stock control

  • Fruit & veg packing

  • Selling at community food outlets

  • Weekend events, e.g. galas & food fairs

  • Financial management and administration

  • Customer care, serving at the food bank

  • Data management

  • Marketing and PR

If you are interested in volunteering at CFINE, or would like more information, please get in touch.

Fundraise

Raise money for CFINE

One of the best ways of getting involved with CFINE is to raise funds to support our charity in tackling poverty in the north east.

We just launched our annual Appetite for Change fundraiser. For more information see below

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Annual Fundraiser


17th - 21st October 2016


Join our supporters today and sign up for our Community Food Challenge!

  • Survive on £2 per day for five days
  • Raise funds through sponsorship
  • Help fight local food poverty
  • Only £10 registration fee


All funds raised through Appetite for Change will go directly towards local charity CFINE (Community Food Initiatives North East) to tackle poverty, food poverty and improve the circumstances of local vulnerable and disadvantaged people. The charity also works towards reducing waste, and environmental and community regeneration. Community Food Initiatives North East is a registered Scottish Charity, No. SC 037833


To get involved, or for more information, please contact Kath or Andreea using the form below.
Alternatively you can call 01224 596156 or email info@cfine.org

You can also visit our JustGiving campaign page,

and our Facebook event page.

Contact Us

For all enquiries, please use the form below.

Please state what your enquiry concerns in the message.

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Main Office
CFINE

2 Poynernook Rd
Aberdeen AB11 5RW
P:01224 596156

Email

info@cfine.org



Peterhead Office
Fruit Mart

21a Skelton Street
Peterhead
AB42 1HR

Email

fruitmart@cfine.org

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