Welcome to Renfrewshire Recipes - a space to discover new ways to make the most of our food and budget
Renfrewshire Recipes is a new initiative supported by charitable and public sector bodies to collect and share information about healthy, budget friendly, sustainable food in Renfrewshire.
Food Insecurity is an issue that affects many in our communities, and is an often unspoken issue, so this page is open for all. Please use the resources below to discover:
- how to access food schemes in Renfrewshire
- budget friendly recipes
- how to minimise food waste
This is a collaborative project so if you have a resource (video, recipe cards, information card etc) that you think others could benefit from please let us know by email
Community Food Provision
If you would like to support any of the below initiatives please considering volunteering.
Click the link above to be taken to our volunteering website where we are currently recruiting for 'Food Distribution Volunteers' and 'Volunteer Delivery Drivers' who are supporting the below organisations.
Area: Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan
Provision: Food parcel delivery for majority elderly, disabled, isolating and housebound clients, plus Zero Hero surplus food distribution, available to all. Food donations also accepted on specific days/times.
Area: Ferguslie Park, Paisley
Provision: Surplus food provision for shielding, self isolating, elderly or disabled, plus weekly community market, available to all.
Area: North End of Paisley
Provision: free to access Community Fridge and Pantry (CFP), food resilience workshops and a STAR shopper service. The CFP is available to anyone experiencing food insecurity, living in Renfrewshire, in an area not already covered by another food provider. Operational from Tuesday to Friday, we take requests in the mornings from 9.30-11.30am and then allocate a timeslot for the individual/persons to come and collect directly from the project
Provision: Renfrewshire Foodbank offers free access to food/toiletries/cleaning items/baby items/pet food to anyone in Renfrewshire experiencing food insecurity. They also offer home energy support/assistance and access to an Income Adviser who provides free, confidential and independent support with money and debt issues, including income maximisation. Call 0300 102 2500 for further info.
In order to take emergency food provisions and access to support closer to people in Renfrewshire we are trialling a mobile foodbank. This is mainly to reach people living in more rural areas such as Bridge of Weir, Lochwinnoch, etc. This will be in addition to our current distribution centres in Paisley, Johnstone and Renfrew and will expand over time.
This service has started on Tuesday afternoons in Foxbar Community Centre Car Park and Bridge of Weir Cargill Centre Car Park. Use of this service is through a booking system. Food and essential items will be given out of our van which will be parked discretely and will have no branding on it identifying it as Renfrewshire Foodbank.
If anyone would like to access this service, any of the Foodbank referral agencies (Renfrewshire CAB, Advice Works, RAMH, etc.) can book a time for them. Alternatively they should contact Renfrewshire Foodbank on 0300 102 2500 or email@example.com
A great resource for all from UWS. Aimed at students but applicable to all. Click above to get information on the best deals, plan meals, and budgeting for food bills.
What is Best Start Foods?
Best Start Foods is a payment that replaces the UK Government’s Healthy Start Vouchers in Scotland. The payment will replace the paper vouchers with a payment card, giving you more flexibility in how you use it.
How much will I get?
You will get £17.00 every four weeks during pregnancy.
This increases to £34.00 up until your child turns one.
It will then return to £17.00 every four weeks between one and three years old.
You can use the card to buy any of the foods listed below:
milk – plain cow’s milk and first infant formula
fruit/vegetables – fresh, frozen or tinned (those with added salt and sugar are excluded)
pulses (e.g. peas, lentils and beans) – dried, fresh, frozen or tinned.
Please click the link above to see more information.
Recipes from local buddies
Below are just a selection of great videos created by local organisations including Kairos Kitchen and STAR Project but we have more over on our YouTube channel. Follow the link for the full playlist.
Kairos Kitchen - see a selection of the brilliant cheap and healthy meals prepared by the Kairos team.
As well as the videos below you can also see a PDF version of Kairos Kitchen's Recipes here
Bread Making from Kairos Kitchen
Nigerian Fried Rice from Kairos Kitchen
Courgette Cake from Kairos Kitchen
STAR Project & IKEA Glasgow Recipes - another great selection of affordable, tasty recipes
Tuna Pasta Bake from STAR Project
Red Lentil Soup from STAR Project
Vegan Stovies from STAR Project