The Gleaners

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A pay-what-you-feel community cafe in Walthamstow, London ~ A worker’s cooperative supported by local volunteers ~ Run on surplus ~ Solidarity over charity ~ Subscribe to our Open Collective to enjoy our food and support our work.

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Takeaway meals - Collection/ local delivery

A tasty vegan meal, once a month. The menu changes daily. Read more

Starts at

£5 GBP / month

Contributions by


+ 5
Membership

Takeaway meals (weekly)- collection/ local delivery

A vegan meal once a week. The menu changes daily. Read more

Starts at

£20 GBP / month

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Membership

Pickles/ferments - Collection/ local delivery

A jar of pickle/ preserve every month. The product changes monthly, depending on what ingredients we have. (It will include items like kimchi, s... Read more

Starts at

£5 GBP / month

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+ 10
Membership

Supporter from afar - House-made products from the cafe!

House made products from the cafe, posted to your door quarterly. (e.g kimchi, pickles, chutneys, granola) Read more

Starts at

£5 GBP / month

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+ 1
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Supporter from afar - quarterly newsletter from the cafe.

If you live further away and want to support our work. Read more

Starts at

£5 GBP / month

Membership

Cake !- collection / local delivery

A vegan cake subscription. Once a month. Read more

Starts at

£12 GBP / month

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House made drinks - collection/ local delivery

A big bottle of house-brewed drink, once a month. The offering will change monthly, depending on what ingredients we have. It could be kombucha /... Read more

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£5 GBP / month

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Goal

Food purchasing fund.

A donation to help us buy essential food which we use to cook meals to support our local community. Read more

£37.25 GBP of £2,000 GBP / month raised (2%)

Starts at

£5 GBP / month

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Membership

A Selection box - collection / local delivery

A selection of all of our products! A meal, a jar, a bottle & a small cake. Read more

Starts at

£20 GBP / month

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+ 2
One-time contribution

A one-off donation

A one time donation. All contributions help fund the community cafe and keep us running. Thanks for your support! Read more

Starts at

£10 GBP

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+ 3

Top financial contributors

1
KB & BM Sheth

£101 GBP since Apr 2021

2
Sue H

£100 GBP since Apr 2021

3
Harriet Patterson

£50 GBP since Mar 2021

4
Rowan Constantinou-Stygal

£50 GBP since Apr 2021

5
Abigail Woodman

£50 GBP since Apr 2021

6
Sabrina Gonçalves Krebsbach

£44 GBP since Apr 2021

7
Anna Meisel

£40 GBP since Mar 2021

8
Karen Hayes

£40 GBP since Mar 2021

9
Naomi Denziloe

£40 GBP since Apr 2021

10
Birgitta Latto

£40 GBP since Apr 2021

11
Debbie Bailey-Smith

£30 GBP since Mar 2021

12
Kate Masters

£30 GBP since Apr 2021

13
Sara Peres

£20 GBP since Mar 2021

14
Sophie Mackintosh

£20 GBP since Apr 2021

15
TN

£20 GBP since Apr 2021

16
Len Welson

£20 GBP since May 2021

17
Teresa

£20 GBP since May 2021

18
Mike

£15 GBP since Mar 2021

19
Sarah Jackson

£14 GBP since Apr 2021

20
Jacob

£10 GBP since Mar 2021

The Gleaners is all of us

Our contributors 52

Thank you for supporting The Gleaners.

KB & BM Sheth

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£101 GBP

A one-off donation

Sue H

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£100 GBP

A one-off donation

Harriet Patte...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£50 GBP

A Selection box - collection / local delivery

Rowan Constan...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£50 GBP

You’re wonderful delicious-makers!

Abigail Woodman

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£50 GBP

A one-off donation

Sabrina Gonça...

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£44 GBP

A Selection box - collection / local delivery

Anna Meisel

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£40 GBP

Takeaway meals (weekly)- collection/ local delivery

Karen Hayes

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£40 GBP

A Selection box - collection / local delivery

Naomi Denziloe

Financial Contributor

Total contributions

£40 GBP

A Selection box - collection / local delivery

About


The Gleaners is a pay-what-you-feel community cafe. We are not-for-profit, and use surplus produce -- quality ingredients that would otherwise go to waste -- to make tasty, plant-based meals, pickles, ferments, drinks, and other creations. We are based at The Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow, London.

We work to build an inclusive social eating space that is not segregated based on economic circumstance, dependent on solidarity from those who can pay a little more to buffer those who are limited in what is affordable to them. Think of it as a collaboration, as mutual aid, where everyone contributing what they can adds up to create a community cafe shared by all.

If you like the sound of this, we'd love to have you join us as a subscriber on Open Collective!

By becoming a subscriber, you can support the cafe to survive and thrive while also enjoying our food. We think that this social and cultural participation is just as important as the economic part, and we hope you do too!

If you live nearby, membership involves tasty lunches and other delicious food and drinks, either for pick-up or delivery. If further afield, membership involves a quarterly newsletter with stories and recipes from the cafe, plus one of our jarred creations, such as kimchi, lime pickle, or peach chutney to name a few!

We believe that a community cafe can and should be a stable and positive part of a vibrant local economy built on solidarity, not charity, which creates meaningful livelihoods for people while increasing access to tasty, healthy food within the community. For this reason, our vision is to run without reliance on grant funding, and we are financially independent from the community centre in which we are based, although we collaborate closely to work towards food, social, and environmental justice in our community.

Prior to the pandemic, our model was working well, creating a positive local cultural space that was truly mixed, and building towards financial sustainability. However, the pandemic has had a huge impact on our daily income, as those of our customers able to pay a little more also had more food security, and so were able to stay safe at home.

Over the past year, we have primarily supported those hit hardest by the pandemic, who have come to the cafe most days for lunch, groceries, and to see a friendly face. At the time of writing -- nearly a year into the pandemic -- we have served over 35,000 meals, mostly for free, to support our local community. But we are also really struggling to stay afloat, and need to find new ways to build the local economy upon which the cafe's sustainability depends. We're hoping that our Open Collective platform can play an important part in this.

Subscribe to join us on our journey!

Budget


Transparent and open finances.

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Monthly financial contribution to The Gleaners (Food purc...

from Guest

+£10.00GBP
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Monthly financial contribution to The Gleaners (Pickles/f...

from William Vile

+£5.00GBP
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Monthly financial contribution to The Gleaners (Takeaway ...

from Teresa

+£20.00GBP
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Today’s balance

£965.57 GBP

Total raised

£965.57 GBP

Total disbursed

--.-- GBP

Estimated annual budget

£4,592.08 GBP

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Why are we organised as a workers' cooperative?

Published on March 9, 2021 by Alex Lee

A workers' cooperative is a business owned and controlled by its workers. It is a non-hierarchical workplace in which power and decision-making is shared through a democratic process founded on participation, inclusion, and respect. We beli...

Why do we run as pay-what-you-feel?

Published on March 9, 2021 by Alex Lee

We are situated in a borough in which rising house and land prices are driving up the cost of living, excluding many in our community from participating in both local cultural spaces and local economy. In contrast, unhealthy and heavily pro...

Why do we run on surplus produce?

Published on March 9, 2021 by Alex Lee

Running the cafe on surplus helps to reduce the environmental impact of our community, stopping good food going to waste and getting it where it should be: on people’s plates. Wasted food and overproduction are major producers of the greenh...