March 2014: A New Chapter Opens
This has been a very important month for The Food Chain. As news of the changes to the meal delivery service has circulated we have received many messages of encouragement and support for the success of the new services and we have heard too of the sadness felt by many at the ending of our amazing volunteer Sunday service. Thank you to everyone who has emailed or attended the meetings to discuss the changes. The thoughts and ideas you shared will be very helpful as we develop the new week end services in the coming months.
For me, one service user summed up many peoples’ mixed emotions perfectly in a letter he wrote to us:
“Please could you let all the concerned lovely people at Food Chain know how much I appreciated the support they all gave. I am sad but understand. Thank you to each and every one for providing the wonderful wholesome meals, and the volunteers who delivered. I will never forget Food Chain and the wonderful work you do and continue to do for people with HIV/AIDS”
The Food Chain has been bearing witness to the impact of HIV on the lives of Londoners since we began in 1988. Our testimony is unique and in the spirit of remembering and recording the story of the Sunday meal service we would really love to build up the archive of materials that we hold.
We saw some of the archive on display during the 25th anniversary events but we know there are many more treasured memories out there. If you have photographs and reminiscences you are willing to share please do send them in to Fran in whatever format you can – photos, emails, scanned images, letter are all welcome. We will take great care of any materials we receive and return them to you safely.
The Volunteer thank you party this year is one opportunity to celebrate the service and we will be putting together a display of the archive we have collected. I’m very much looking forward to hearing people’s memories and sharing a wonderful evening with everyone on 30 April.
My recipe this month is one that is taught at our Eating Positively nutrition and cookery classes It’s a good one if you are recovering from illness – very nice and soothing as well tasty, and it couldn’t be easier to prepare.