The McDermott Community Larder
This third community larder was built during COVID-19 lockdown from almost entirely scavenged and found materials. The wood, sheet materials, paint and varnish were all free. The only costs were pest-proof mesh for the doors and some screws.
The McDermott Community Larder was built and installed with permission in the McDermott Road Community Gardens
See the location here!
Record numbers of people rely on food banks in the UK. During a global pandemic, we are experiencing unprecedented levels of food insecurity as already stretched food aid crumbles under new pressures. Well intentioned charities that tackle poverty (like food banks) are sticking-plaster solutions, incapable of fundamental or long-term change.
In this crisis within a crisis, we are all rediscovering the true value of food. As innately social animals, we have evolved to unite around food to better thrive as a species. It is a vital communication tool in that you feed to protect, and you share food to show love.
This project aims to start a wider conversation about food insecurity by utilising the notion of commensality (the practice of eating together and sharing food) within urban communities. By making a collection of Community Larders, placing them in public locations, encouraging people to share what they can, and take what they need, I hope to start a new food economy based on shared resources and experiences rather than monetary transactions.
The Choumert Community Larder
The second community larder as part of the project, The Choumert Community Larder was built and installed during the COVID-19 lockdown. Its location, outside my home in South London, has enabled it to be used be the local community despite the social distancing guidelines in place and allows me to maintain it easily.
This is an ongoing project.
Why not make your own community larder for your neighbourhood?
Get in touch and let’s start a shared food revolution together!
Attempting to complete my masters from a bed- no workshop space, limited tools: ultimate adhocism. Making the best of a crisis, our projects suddenly have more weight than ever before- this could be a historic moment of change; a moment to disrupt 'the way things are' IF we can maintain momentum in our new secluded worlds.
The world has turned upside down, and we, graduating Material Futures students, are now indefinitely carrying out our final projects in the confines of our current homes. Now is the time to stretch our creative muscles and embrace the challenge of designing in a lockdown amidst a global pandemic.
The Doorstep Foodbank Project
Our natural instincts as humans has been to hoard food in times if crisis. Is there something in your cupboard that you bouight in the stockpiling-panic that you could spare?
Already stretched food banks, many of which have had to close, are unable to cope with the colossal numbers of people suddenly turning to emergency food aid in order to be able to feed themselves and their families.
The Doorstep Foodbank Project aims to offer a way for communties to support those struggling to access enough food.
Simply share any food you can, make a mini-foodbank-
box and place it somewhere visible: on doorsteps, front walls, public benches-wherever. Make sure you label it- letting your neighbours they can take what they need.
Now is the time to come together and support our neighbours and communities with small acts of kindness that can accumulate to help people unable to access food in this global crisis. Make a Doorstep Foodbank and share what you can. Let’s fill the streets with Doorstep Foodbanks. Let’s start a food revolution based on social interaction and sharing that well lives well beyond covid-19 lockdown and becomes part of the ‘new-normal’.
Could we create a widespread movement that can help feed every community?
This is an ongoing project. Join in and make your own Doorstep Foodbank!
Follow the project here