"Cheesemakers have been forced to pour hundreds of litres of milk down the drain and even give cheese away for free after losing huge proportions of their business overnight when the hospitality sector closed down."
Sam Elsdon, Founder
Discovering new cheeses has always been one of our favourite activities, but when the coronavirus lockdown was introduced in March 2020, our leisurely strolls around food markets became a thing of the past.
Amid the pandemic, cheesemakers were forced to pour hundreds of litres of milk down the drain and even give cheese away for free after losing huge proportions of their business overnight when the hospitality sector closed down.
In the same breath, we saw the huge impact the lockdown had on UK food banks.
The Trussell Trust, the UK’s biggest food bank network, reported an 89% increase in demand in May compared to April, while the Independent Food Aid Network recorded a 175% increase over the same period.
Despite this surge in demand, individual donations fell, and many food banks were forced to function with minimal volunteers.
That’s when co-founders Sam and Shivali created The Cheese Collective, out of a desire to help support the UK’s best artisan cheese makers, and support struggling food banks.
Our premise is simple; we find the best cheeses and deliver them freshly cut and chilled to your door the next day, and for every cheese box bought, we’ll donate a meal to a food bank.
Our website also includes ‘Meet The Makers’ videos and interviews to help you to get to know our suppliers.
So what’s stopping you? Join The Cheese Collective today!