Our Campus Larder launched on Thursday 26th October, and it will be open to all staff and students from 5-7pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Our Larder is here to help students and staff who are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis. You can pick up basic essential items and food, from cereal to biscuits, to washing detergent, sponges and pasta – most things you would need to get through the week we have stocked, for free, no questions asked.
You can book a slot to come pick up some food via this link. You can book up to two slots every two weeks. Once you sign up for a slot, you will receive an email with details of how to collect on the day, and a calendar invite will be created for you. Please provide us with details of items you would like to see stocked in the larder here.
If you have any questions or if you are having difficulty finding a time slot, please email [email protected].
If you have a confirmed diagnosis of coeliac disease or dermatitis herpetiformis, you live in Scotland, and you have registered with a GP, you can sign up to receive free gluten-free food on prescription. NHS Inform has information on the scheme including how to register.
Community Access to Food
To access food banks, you will need be referred by another service, but please contact the food bank if you are at all unsure, or would find getting a referral a barrier to accessing food. Referral services include Citizens Advice and other charities, depending on locality. There is no shame in accessing a food bank – everyone deserves to have access to food.
Community Fridges are initiatives anyone can access without the need to be referred or provide any evidence, just turn up and see what’s there. These initiatives help to reduce food waste, and the produce is free.
Storehouse Food Bank
St David’s Centre, 23 Albany Park, St Andrews, KY16 8BP
- Tuesday 11:00-13:00, 17:30-18:30
- Thursday 11:00-13:00
You will need a referral to access this food bank, but you can get that referral from Student Services - please email theasc@ to get yourself referred!
St Andrews Community Fridge
North East Fife Community Hub
St David’s Centre, 23 Albany Park, KY16 8BP, St Andrews
- Monday-Friday 11:00-15:00
Fife Council has a website which details places you can go to access food in the whole of Fife.
Dundee Community Food Network aims to improve food access in the local community, across Dundee. Some of these locations are detailed below, but the following list is by no means exhaustive.
Dundee and Angus Food Bank
Find out how to get support from the food bank,
- St John's Episcopal Church
110 Albert Street,
- Opening Hours:
- Monday-Friday: 12:00-16:00
Dundee West End Community Fridge
Follow their Facebook group for regular updates on what produce is available
Miller’s Wynd Car Park Perth Road
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:00-14:00
Kirkton/Strathmartine Community Larder
In this community larder, you pay a membership fee of £4 a week and can take away a bag of shopping. You can also get bags of fruit and vegetables and bags of toiletries. Find out more on their website and Facebook
- Kirkton Community Centre
- 10 Derwent Avenue, Dundee, DD8 0AX
- Opening Hours: Thursday 11:00-13:00
- Strathmartine Community Larder
- 24 St Giles Terrace, Dundee, DD3 9JQ
- Opening Hours:
- Monday 9:30-16:00
- Tuesday 9:30-16:00
- Wednesday 9:30-16:00
- Friday 9:30-16:00
Forfar Food Bank
43 Craig O Loch Road
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 13:00-15:00
Arbroath Food Bank
Monday, Wednesday: 10:00-12:00
Food waste apps
There are several food waste apps where local restaurants and providers will advertise surplus food at discounted rates – this is a great way to save money and support the reduction in food waste!
Too Good To Go
You can set your location and a radius of how far you are willing to travel for a bargain. You can also set preferences for what sort of produce you’d like (baked goods, groceries, meals) and set if you are vegan or vegetarian. You can also save your favourite providers too!
Check out this blog of top tips for using Too Good to Go.
Available in the App Store and on Google Play
Connects neighbours and local businesses so that food does not go to waste. You can put food on there that you no longer need, and you can save food from going to waste too.
Available in the App Store and on Google Play
We’ve found lots of student-friendly recipes from BBC Good Food; we hope some of these will inspire you! If you make some of these meals ahead you’ll have enough portions to share with friends and flatmates, or to save for lunch the following day!
Some medical students in Edinburgh put together a recipe book which does not require use of an oven. It was originally created to support those facing homelessness and living in temporary accommodation, but you might find these recipes helpful if you are trying to save energy and not use your oven as much.
Recipes for families
Chef and mum of 3 has developed a budget weekly evening meal plan for families, based on two adults and two children. The meals avoid use of the oven, and instead use the hob, grill, and/or toaster. It is estimated that each serving will cost roughly £1.50.
There are plenty of other budget friendly family recipes on BBC Good Food
Zero waste shops
The Little Green Larder on Perth Road in Dundee is a plastic-free shop where you can get fresh produce, food cupboard essentials, and other sustainable alternatives to common products. You can bring your own containers and weigh out exactly how much you want in their dried produce (including rice, cereal, pulses, pasta) and pay for it by weight.
Kitche food waste app
Kitche is an app which aims to help you cut down your food waste and save you from wasting money. In the app, you can scan shopping receipts and keep track of what ingredients you have at home. You can find recipes and filter them based on what ingredients you have left so you don’t waste money or food! It also has lots of tips including what’s in season. The app is free.
Loyalty card schemes in supermarkets
Another way you might save money is by signing up to loyalty schemes in supermarkets. Some give special offers to those who are part of the schemes – you can sign up for free!
Tesco offer ‘Clubcard Prices’ which are discounts or multi-buy offers on selected products which change week to week. You collect points which turn into vouchers you can use to get money off your shop. Simply apply for a Clubcard to get these benefits. You can also get the ‘Tesco Grocery and Clubcard’ app to track your points and it works as the Clubcard too.
On the Lidl Plus app you can collect points which turn into vouchers depending on how much you spend in a month, and get weekly coupons to spend too.
On the ASDA Rewards app, you scan your app to earn rewards whenever you shop. You can earn extra rewards on ‘Star Products’ which change every week, and when you reach ‘Milestone Missions’.
My Morrisons app has offers on products that you can use in your next shop, and you gain points as you shop. My Morrisons also has a ‘Student Club’ which you can join with your University email address to get special offers.
Details on food provision for children (including free school meals) can be found in the section for parents/guardians.