Welcome to the Hornbeam

We are a community organisation based in Walthamstow, London, working with the community on projects around low cost, low-impact living. In collaboration with The Gleaners, we run a pay-what-you-feel cafe so you can pay what is affordable to you (and if you aren’t in a position to pay, take it for free!).

In response to the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19, we’ve had to pause all our usual activities and cease regular trading in the cafe in order to provide assistance across our communities and are currently housing the Hornbeam Community Distribution Centre serving Waltham Forest.

Hornbeam Community Distribution Centre

Working together with The Gleaners and surplus food suppliers, the community cafe provides nutritious vegan meals Monday to Saturday between 12 – 3pm. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays we also offer groceries such as fruit, vegetables, staples and snacks. These are available for anyone – no questions asked.

We have been delivering meals to vulnerable individuals in isolation through The Hornbeam’s Good Deeds On Bikes volunteer project. We have also delivered to other food distribution hubs and mutual aid groups around Waltham Forest.

Please visit our dedicated COVID-19 page to find out more about our current activities, and click below for visual updates!

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