Press Clippings

We are a small team here at Team Larder – and we really value the fantastic articles and coverage we get in both the local and national press.

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Emerald Publishing (Audio)

PODCAST: The Larder: How social enterprises can help tackle food fairness and responsible supply chains

Co-operative News

Meet … Kay Johnson MBE, founder of the Larder in Preston

‘I’m not a boss, I don’t want to manage people, I want to work with them. And that is what we have achieved’

Lancashire Post

Michelin Chef Nigel Haworth and Kay Johnson MBE share their favourite Comfort Food recipes – December 31st 2020

Nothing beats the taste of comfort food – as Nigel and Kay confirm.

Blog Preston

How sales of these Christmas hampers are supporting Preston families in need – December 15th 2020

The Larder is selling festive hampers full of local and ethical products to help fund its Christmas Kids in the Kitchen programme.

Lancashire Post

We need to wake up and grasp that food is a big part of our local economy – and support our city31st October 2020

A social enterprise is asking people to put their money where their mouth is and back local food producers to help boost Preston’s economy

Blog Preston

Giant pumpkin from Preston Markets to be cooked up by The Larder for city’s most vulnerable – October 31st

A giant pumpkin, which has been on display at Preston Markets for the month of October, is being donated to The Larder.

The pumpkin, prepared by The Larder’s chef, will be cooked and portioned into meals then distributed within the community.

Build Back Better

Kay talks about the need to build strong local economies as we recover from COVID-19

“When the virus hit, I thought we’d lose the café, but we are resilient, and the crisis made us adapt to the needs of the community. We partnered with many organisations across the city and a host of volunteers, to cook and deliver hundreds of nutritious emergency meals to people in self-isolation, as well as online cookery classes and ingredients kits to families eligible for free school meals as part of our holiday hunger programme”

Live Lunch on Beat 103 Radio (Audio)

Interview with Kay on Beat 103 Radio20th June 2020

Jadie speaks to founder and director of The Larder Café in Preston. Kay Johnson! Kay and volunteers have been working hard on countless projects to benefit the local community.


Local food Heroes9th June 2020

Over the past two months we’ve been shining a light on Local Food Heroes who are going over and above to still share food safely during the lockdown. These community leaders have passion, determination and generosity like no other and we’ve been humbled by their stories.

Podio Preston Magazine (Audio)

Podio Community Champion Interviews7th June 2020

Podio’s Karen talks food poverty, food waste & food accessibility schemes in Preston with social entrepreneur & nutritionist, Kay Johnson

Lancashire Post

Preston Larder gives food for thought (and body) with new pandemic initiatives – 26 May 2020

A city social enterprise has responded to the Coronavirus crisis by preparing meals for those in need and encouraging youngsters to get busy in the kitchen.

Far Nearer

Coronavirus Conversations – Kay Johnson, the Larder in Preston – 24 April 2020

When the virus hit, Kay at the Larder thought her Preston cafe and food hub was over. A month on and the Larder is supplying hundreds of emergency food deliveries, frozen meals and even cooking classes for kids: “I’m hopeful something amazing is emerging.”

Centre for Excellence in Community Investment

The View From community Gateway 17 April 2020

Sian Coulton from Community Gateway Housing discusses how they have been involved in local food distribution, as well as their pioneering initiative with the Larder

Lancashire Post

Penwortham woman launches crisis schemes to help tackle food poverty in Preston – 13 April 2020

A Penwortham woman is leading an emergency mission to help feed struggling families.

Preston Hub

How The Larder Is Feeding The Vulnerable In These Uncertain Times – March 2020

In the wake of the Corona Virus, Director of The Larder, Kay, has launched the Cooking for our Community project to “make a massive difference to the day to day lives of people who are self-isolating in their own homes.”

Lancashire Post

The Larder: the café helping tackle food poverty in Preston January 2020

The direct correlation between the number of fast food restaurants and deprivation is stark in Preston, a city which boasts one of the highest densities of fast food outlets per population in the entire country and in which 44% of children live below the poverty line. Such realities make for severely bleak reading, but a local small social enterprise is primed and ready for a fightback.

The Taxcast (Audio)

Podcast from May 2019 – The Taxcast: May 2019, Edition 89 The Preston Model – featuring The Larder

The Independent

We don’t need medication, we need this: How the Larder co-operative is improving lives with food in Preston – April 2019

Hazel Sheffield visits a social enterprise that connects local growers with businesses in a fightback against food poverty

Global Citizen

The New Lancashire Cafe Tackling Food Poverty and Promoting Sustainably Sourced Produce – April 2019

The cafe and food academy was launched with a mission to help people understand nutrition.

A new cafe in Preston open its doors in February with a mission to tackle food poverty and promote locally grown produce. Global Citizen spoke to founder Kay Johnson about why she set it up. 

In this Together