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June 2014: Exciting Times

This has been an exciting month for us with lots of our hopes and plans for our new week-end meal service moving along rapidly. We are very happy to be launching the Saturday lunchtime and Sunday evening meals at Acorn House in July. It will be lovely to have our volunteers back in business at weekends and we are delighted to be joining forces with FoodCycle for the Sunday service. Our two charities have many shared values and aims and it will be fantastic for us to be involved in a very direct way in helping to reduce food waste locally. It’s a great match for both of us! And best of all, our service users will have a choice of activities to attend every weekend – a time when fewer services are available and people can become very isolated.

We’re looking forward to seeing how the service develops and we are continuing to put our fundraising efforts in to securing funding so that we can also run weekend services in other venues when funds become available.

This month also saw us stepping out with Pride again this year. The rain showers didn’t dampen our spirits one bit and we were very happy to display our new banner on the Out@Time Warner bus. A great way to travel – our thanks to Harry and everyone there for hosting us and for paying for the lovely banner.  A huge thank you is also due to the many volunteers who spent time on our stall throughout the day talking to people about our work. The more people who know about The Food Chain the better. Everyone did a great job and we got lots of interest from potential new volunteers and supporters.

I’ve been away on holiday too – and so there’s no home cooked recipe from me this month (time off from my kitchen too). Instead, here’s one of our Wednesday Eating Together dishes – Indian beef keema with carrots and potatoes served with Indian spiced greens and rice. The meal was prepared by Luke Goymer and it tasted even better than it looks. Thanks, Luke. Delicious.