Tuk In is a mobile café, in the form of an electric tuk tuk kitted out as a food vendor, which delivers healthy, low-cost meals to areas of high deprivation.
The community kitchen takes advantage of the plentiful supplies of fresh food destined for landfill, turning potential waste into a lifeline for low income families dealing with food poverty.
The premade, nutritious meals are delivered to areas of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire which experience food insecurity, working in partnership with Food Poverty Action Aberdeen, which will distribute over 12,000 emergency food parcels in 2017.
The operation also generates income by selling food to businesses around Aberdeen, with the profit raised going back into the charity to support its community activities and to employ two part-time staff.
The initiative was developed by a group of University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University students, who were tasked with developing an innovative way to tackle social issues in the city.
Pitched to a local Dragons’ Den competition judged by local businesses and charities, Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE), took on the project, successfully crowdfunding more than £12,000 to purchase an electric tuk tuk in May 2017.
CFINE’s aim is to improve health and well-being and contribute to regeneration in disadvantaged and excluded communities by promoting the consumption of fruit, veg, pulses and other healthy products.
For more information, contact:
Community Food Initiatives North East
4 Poynernook Road
Tel: 01224 596156