The Bread and Butter Thing

14 April 2020

The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) at St John’s Centre is a great way to save money on your groceries every week and help to reduce food waste.

You can join TBBT for free, and your first weekly order is free too, so you can try it and see if it suits you. You get three bags of shopping (one fresh fruit and veg, one fridge goods, one store-cupboard goods) for £7.50. You can also get a larger or smaller order to suit your household. You don’t have to take food every week, and you can vary the size of your order.

TBBT get supplies from the stuff you hear about in the news going to waste – perfectly good food that just isn’t needed by supermarkets, factories or farms. This means that you don’t get a choice about what you are given – though you can have a vegetarian order.

During the Coronavirus lockdown, TBBT will be at St John’s Centre every Monday afternoon as usual, but food will be distributed from their van outside the Centre. You can ask a friend, neighbour or volunteer to collect your order for you if you are isolating.

All you have to do to get started is text TBBT – for full instructions, click here.

The Bread and Butter Thing

8 November 2019

The Bread and Butter Thing is at St John’s Centre every Monday afternoon, providing weekly groceries at a low price.

They get supplies from the stuff you hear about in the news going to waste – perfectly good food that just isn’t needed by supermarkets, factories or farms.

This means that you don’t get a choice about what you are given – but you do get three bags of shopping (one fresh fruit and veg, one fridge goods, one store-cupboard goods) for £7. You can also get a larger or smaller order to suit your household.

You don’t have to take food every week – and if you’re not sure if it’s for you, you can sign up and get your first order for free just to try it out. The scheme is open to anyone, from any area (but if you’re a long way from us, you can call 07545208264 to check if there’s a TBBT hub nearer to you).

How to sign up to The Bread and Butter Thing

Step 1 – Send a text to 07860 063 256 with your full name, your postcode and the hub name (St John’s). If you want a vegetarian order, add “vegetarian” to the end of your text.  

Step 2 – TBBT will send you a text every Saturday to see if you want an order on the following Monday. Reply “YES” to the text by 10:00 AM Sunday, and say which size of order you would like:

  • Single (one bag, £4)
  • Family (three bags, £7.50)
  • Extra Large (six bags, £15)

Step 3 – Collect and pay for your order from the van outside St John’s Centre on Monday between 2-2.30pm. You can pay by cash or card. You can also ask someone else to collect and pay for your order.

For more information about TBBT, visit their website or contact the Centre.