Welcome to Resurrected Bites
Resurrected Bites is a Harrogate and Knaresborough based community organisation aiming to reduce food waste and food poverty.
We work with local businesses and suppliers to divert good quality food from landfill. Instead, we convert it into meals in our cafes, and provide it to families through our community groceries scheme.
Established in 2018, Resurrected Bites began life as a ‘pay-as-you-feel’ community café. By March 2020, we were running three weekly cafés across the district. As well as reducing food waste, our cafes provided opportunities for people to support our work and socialise at the same time.
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, our cafes closed and instead we provided home deliveries of food supplies for vulnerable families and individuals in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Nidderdale, Boroughbridge, Ouseburn, Ripon and Bramhope. Since then, we have assisted 15,750 people with between three and seven days’ worth of food. We diverted three tonnes of food waste from landfill every week – equivalent to the weight of 300 large Christmas turkeys.
From autumn 2021, our cafes are running at Gracious Street Methodist Church in Knaresborough and West Park United Reformed Church in Harrogate. We have also launched a new community groceries scheme with bases in Harrogate and Knaresborough. Scroll down to find out more.
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How We Help
Did you know that 30% of the UK’s food goes to waste?
At the same time, many families are struggling to put food on the table. In the Harrogate district, research shows that one in five children are living in poverty – that means more than 5,700 children are growing up in a household that may not be able to afford enough to eat.
Resurrected Bites was founded to change this. We want to fill bellies not bins: to ensure good quality food does not go to waste, and to support individuals and families at the same time.
We intercept ingredients that were destined for landfill and use them to create delicious dishes in our cafés, sold on a ‘give as you can’ basis.
Alongside this, we have launched a new community groceries scheme, enabling people to access good quality food for themselves and their families at an affordable price.
Our work is possible thanks to the generosity of our customers, the dedication of our volunteers and the thoughtfulness of local businesses. Our suppliers include Fareshare, Waitrose, M&S Simply Food, Morrison’s, Aldi, the Co-op, Sainsbury’s Local, Booths, Lidl, Tesco, Greggs, Bettys, Fodder, Roots & Fruits, Regal Fruiterers, KD Fruiterers, the Cold Bath Deli, The Kitchen, Baltzersen’s, COOK, Oatlands Mount Fisheries, Dales Dairy Grassington, TKMaxx, the Travelodge and local allotments.
Give as You Can Cafes
Working in partnership with shops, cafés, supermarkets and Fareshare (fareshare.org.uk), we use good quality ingredients to create delicious menus every week at our cafés in Harrogate and Knaresborough.
Our chefs design dishes of all kinds, from hearty breakfasts to lovely lunches and divine desserts. We serve them all in a welcoming environment (including disabled access at both venues). When it comes to the bill, we invite you to ‘give as you can’ – there are no fixed prices.
Alongside the café, we have a food and flower stall with all kinds of items that would otherwise have gone to waste. Again, we ask you to ‘give as you can’. Our give as you can cafes and shops are open to everyone. Please shop with us and donate what you feel is a reasonable amount or what you can afford.
Your contributions help to cover the £450 or more that it costs to run each café session. Any profit supports the running of our community groceries, providing affordable fresh food to people on a low income.
Want to join us at one of our cafés? There’s no need to book – just come along, find a seat and let us do the rest.
Our community groceries offer an affordable way for individuals and families to access good quality food. Not only does this help you to save money, it also means you’re helping the environment by stopping good quality food going to landfill.
Our food comes from supermarkets and other suppliers which might otherwise have to throw it away. Often, the food reaches us because of an over-supply that means there’s just too much to sell or because it is close to its ‘best before’ date. ‘Best before’ dates indicate when food is at its freshest, and are not the same as ‘use by’ dates, so the food is always completely safe to eat and often still just as good as the day it was made.
The community groceries are run through a subscription scheme and are for people who are in financial hardship. For a small annual fee, you can have access to the shop and pay a very low rate for whatever you buy. It costs just a fraction of a normal supermarket shop and it saves thousands of tonnes of food from going to landfill every week.
For more information about how it works and who can access our community groceries, click below.
New Park Community Hub
New Park Primary Academy
Skipton Road, Harrogate, HG1 3HF
Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30-3.30
(last entrance at 3pm)
Gracious St Methodist Church
Chapel St, Knaresborough, HG5 8AN
Open Tuesdays and Fridays 9.00-2.00
(last entrance at 1:30pm)
Pay It Forward
Sometimes, some of our community grocery members literally don’t have any money that week and cannot pay the £3, 6 or 9 for their shopping. Therefore, we have set up a Pay It Forward Scheme. You can donate to this pot of money to help cover someone’s shopping by hitting the donate button below.
Help to Cover Our Overheads
If you’d like to make a donation to help cover our overheads, you can do so by visiting our Neighbourly page below.
Donate Surplus Food
We rely on the generosity of businesses and individuals who offer us their surplus food. No matter what is given to us, we can usually make use of it either in our cafés or through our community groceries. If you’d like to make a one-off or regular food donation, please get in touch.
Meet The Team
Planning to visit our cafés or use our community groceries? Get to know us before you do by clicking the link below and finding out more about some of the people you might meet at Resurrected Bites.
Over the years, our supporters have found some very creative and effective ways to raise money for us. We’re enormously grateful for their efforts. If you’re considering a fundraiser to support our work, please get in touch so we can supply you with everything you need to make it official.
Our cafes and community groceries simply couldn’t work without the help of our wonderful volunteers. We have more than 100 people who help us out with anything from collecting surplus food from supermarkets to serving in our weekly cafes – and we’re always keen to hear from anyone who would like to join the team.
Call: 01423 593937
Places offering further support
If you’re in need of help, the following organisations provide community support for their towns and surrounding villages:
01423 813096 / email@example.com
Ripon Community House
01765 603631 / firstname.lastname@example.org
07593 882340 / email@example.com
Boroughbridge Community Care
01423 324504 / firstname.lastname@example.org
01423 714953 / email@example.com
The following organisations offer food supplies to vulnerable people or those on a low income:
Harrogate and Knaresborough Foodbanks
Food Angels deliver hot meals to older people for a small charge.
St Peter’s Church offers hot meals and food parcels every day.
North Yorkshire County Council offers several forms of support, including supermarket vouchers. Call the Family Fund to apply on 01904 550030. The council also has an out-of-hours line for urgent needs: 01609 780780.