Local Food Links was established in 1999 by the West Dorset Food and Land Trust, a registered charity and local community organisation, to run Farmer’s Markets and other food initiatives. These initiatives included Bridport Food Festival, the Grow It, Cook It, Eat It Project, cookery workshops and an NVQ training in Catering for young people.
We also set up a hot meals service for schools and nurseries operating from the kitchen at our newly established Centre for Local Food. This was a major evolution in school meal catering, which today is dominated by industrial scale contract caterers that supply schools across the UK.
Local Food Links today
Local Food Links now focuses mainly on our school meals service. Our kitchens in Bridport and Blandford provide freshly prepared meals daily to over 30 schools and nurseries. We also run mini-hub kitchens at Dorchester Middle School and Shillingstone School and they supply eight other schools between them.
Not For Profit
Local Food Links Ltd is a community owned social enterprise.
So what does that mean? Basically, we’re a not for profit organisation. That means all the money we bring in from supplying meals is invested back into the company.
Of course, we have to pay suppliers, salaries and other bills, but the money that’s left over goes back into supporting our work – which is to bring healthy local food to more people and support local businesses.
Work With Us
Please check here for our current vacancies here.
We always need people for our bank of kitchen staff. Ideally we look for people with the relevant training and experience, ranging from basic catering skills to advanced catering or hospitality qualifications. In all cases, a passion for good food is essential.
We would always like to hear from drivers to deliver our meals, too.
So if you would like to register for occasional work via our bank, please get in touch with Laura Cox.