Food Partners

We are organisations in and around Lincoln, working towards sustainable local food in sympathy with the Mission and Aims of the Lincoln Food Partnership.

Please get in touch if you would like to join us.

Foodbanks & organistions tackling food poverty

Mint Lane Cafe

Friendship through food

Mint Lane Café provides a warm welcome to the Involve@Lincoln wellbeing centre, which brings people together to combat isolation, loneliness and encourage positive mental health and well-being. 

Reducing food waste by taking retail surplus, it provides friendship, affordable meals and groceries in a ‘Thrifty Shop’.

Training is provided for volunteers in all aspects of café work.

Acts Trust

Acts Trust’s mission is to Empower People to End Poverty.

Working with local people, they find local solutions to local problems together, which has led to many projects starting in the City such as Energize (youth work), Restore (learning opportunities and community for Adults) and Night Light Cafes (mental health crisis cafes) in partnership with local churches.

Acts Trust has run Lincoln Foodbank since 2008 and are developing plans for a Waste Food Supermarket in the City to tackle both food waste and food poverty.

Lincoln Community Larder

The Lincoln Community Larder is a registered charity which aims to relieve poverty in the Lincoln area through the provision of basic nutritious food and other basic amenities to those in need of short term help. We also support those suffering from illness or special needs.

We issue Larder Vouchers to a variety of agencies in the area who then refer people to us in need of assistance and we give 3 days’ worth of food for each person included on the voucher.

Arboretum Cafe

A cafe in the Arboretum, that offers good, affordable food to the public as well as offering training, apprenticeships and other opportunities.


LIFT is a project, associated with Lincoln Baptist, that aims to help those homeless and rough sleeping in Lincoln. Operating in partnership other Lincoln based charities, such as Development plus, we are able to provide wrap around support such as meals, advice, advocacy and much more through collaboration with professional services.

Wragby ChEF

Wragby ChEF

Wragby Children Eat Free (ChEF) is a volunteer run service, and has been operating for two years, providing free lunches to any child in its local community in the school holidays.


New Life Community Larder

New Life Community Larder

New Life Community Larder is an independent food bank, based in Sleaford and covering the North Kesteven area. It was started in Oct 2008 in response to requests from local organisations who identified that there was an unmet need in the town/district, and is stocked entirely by donations from local businesses, schools and churches.

Horncastle Community Larder

We are an independent food bank, run by a small group of local volunteers, based in Horncastle Community Centre and serving the local community and surrounding villages.  We take referrals from various community support agencies and then distribute emergency three day food parcels to those in need providing a stop-gap a service whilst more permanent solutions are sought.

Lincoln Fairtrade City

Fairtrade seeks to address the inequalities in global trade by providing fair, stable prices for producers & farmers, and investing in community projects.

You can get involved in promoting Fairtrade in Lincoln as a campaigner, a community group or a business.

Community Assets Plus

Community Asset Plus is a Lincolnshire charity that manages assets of physical property for the benefit of community organisations, charities and social enterprises

Charity details

Acts Trust (Trussell Trust) Food Banks – a Lincoln Food Bank

Good Food Businesses

All Good Market

All Good Market is a zero waste and local food shop in Stamford, Lincolnshire, educating and inspiring Stamfordians to shop sustainably by connecting them with local farmers and producers.

You can fill up your own containers and by as little or as much as you like, reducing packaging and food waste. Click & collect and delivery services also available.

Doddington Farm Shop

Opened in 2007, the Farm Shop at Doddington Hall was born out of a passion for good quality, seasonal, local food.

You’ll find fruit and vegetables with zero food miles freshly picked from the Kitchen Garden, beef in the Butchery often from the Estate herd of Lincoln Red cattle, Doddington honey and an abundance of produce from local suppliers.


A community well-being space in Lincoln city centre, with help-yourself fruit, and pay-it-forward and pay-as-you-feel takeout coffee, herbal tea, cake and organic juices.

South Ormsby Estate

South Ormsby Estate is working to provide opportunities for people to start up their own small food business using things that can be grown locally. They also provide 18 walks and 9 cycle routes so the general public can see and meet the people who live and work there and see the estate in action.

Open Food Network

The Open Food Network (OFN) is an open source software platform that enables food producers, retailers, wholesalers and communities to sell produce online.

The software is designed to foster co-operation, collaboration and fairness in the food system.

Old Wood Organic

A family run No-dig, organic, market garden supplying the people of Lincolnshire with super healthy organic vegetables, and teaching people about the No-dig technique, wellbeing and environmental stewardship.

La French Maison

La French Maison is an e-commerce in Lincoln that promotes a plastic-free and eco-friendly lifestyle.

They are currently putting together a range of delicious artisan French food hampers that will be released later this year. La French Maison only work with passionate artisans and small independent suppliers because they believe that they hold the key to a more authentic way of living: closer to nature and closer to people.

The planet and the environment is at the core of everything they do.

Boggle Lane Foods

Nikki grows and forages for natural plants, herbs, berries and fruit, and works with real artisans, local farmers and suppliers who are proud of their produce and care about the way their animals are reared, the countryside and its resident wildlife. Boogle Lane foods offer forage workshops, cookery classes and banquets.

Holly’s Garden Kitchen

Holly’s catering emphasises nourishing, fresh, seasonal, plant-based food. Her choices around sourcing and packaging are deliberately designed towards minimising waste and environmental sustainability.

Cotehill Cheese

Cotehill Cheese

Cotehill cheese is made from the unpasturised milk from their own resident cows at Osgodby near Market Rasen, and is sold locally, including Lincoln Farmers’ Market.

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Food Linc

The catering department of the University of Lincoln producing and serving homemade meals, snacks and sandwiches for students and staff of the University.

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Grimsby Community Energy

GCE develops local, community-owned, renewable energy projects and raises awareness of their benefits. It is committed to reducing energy costs and CO2 emissions, sustainably.

GCE is a partner with the Lincoln Food Partnership in the Feeding Tariff project.

Seed Cooperative

We grow, process and sell organic, open-pollinated seed for the UK and beyond, and develop new varieties through organic plant breeding, to support the collective work of those striving towards making agro-ecological farming and food sovereignty a reality. We want you to know where your seed comes from; who grew it and where, and even who bred each variety.

Bailgate Independent

Bailgate Independent publishes two local magazines – Lincoln’s premier monthly glossy the Bailgate Independent, which includes articles on local food, and the city’s cover-all listings publication The Hello Lincoln What’s On Guide.

Both are produced at their little office on Burton Road, Lincoln, serving the city, its residents, businesses and visitors.

Food Education

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Washingborough Academy

Washingborough Academy is a Food for Life Gold Award winner, leading the way with positive food education embedded across their school curriculum. They are the only in-house school caterer to have been awarded the Soil Association’s Gold Catering Mark and are one of 19 schools in the UK to have the Food for Life Gold School Award.

“Food education and healthy lifestyles are incredibly important to us as a school. Each class cooks once a week and we are proud of how adventurous and skilled our young chefs become!  As well as this, we also have a Snack Shack where, each week, a group of children prepare a healthy snack that is then sold a break time on a Wednesday.  This not only provides our children with healthy food, it also enables them to learn fundamental life skills and develop an excellent awareness of food and the food choices they will make.”

See for yourself

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Monks Abbey Primary School

Monks Abbey is enrolled on the Food for Life School Awards Package and is working towards their Bronze Award. As part of this work, they are developing a school food policy, involving pupils and parents in planning improvements to school menus and the dinnertime experience and providing every pupil the opportunity to visit a farm and take part in cooking and growing activities.

School acts as a food bank for families in response to need, including the Covid-19 crisis.


The Health Advancement Research Team of the University of Lincoln undertakes research on the relationships between food, physical activity and health, including preventing and tackling obesity, food growing, and food and the senses. HART undertook the research that founded the Lincoln Food Partnership.

Green Synergy

A Lincoln-based charity which uses community gardening and horticultural therapy to help improve people’s lives. We work with vulnerable people, including those living with mental health conditions, learning difficulties, physical disabilities, long-term health problems and unemployment. We use gardening to build skills for life and work, improve mental and physical health and educate people.

Food for Life

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