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Making a difference in 2017

As we start a new year, one thing we know for sure is that there will be changes in the world at large in the coming months.  We also know that the HIV charity sector is under ever increasing pressure as funding cuts hit home and some services are closed down as a result. There will be a greater need for our services, and the climate for providing them will be more difficult than at any time since we first experienced HIV in the UK.

It is more important than ever that we at The Food Chain, embark on this year with renewed energy and determination to continue providing our vital services for people living with HIV in London at times of crisis. We know our work makes a very big difference for the people referred to us, and that for some we are literally, a lifeline.

Whatever the pressures in the world around us, it is worth our while remembering this and holding our purpose steadfastly.

Our close community of volunteers and staff offer essential food and nutrition support, we provide a warm and safe place to be, and above all else we bring care and kindness to all we do. As long as there is a need, we will continue to respond in this way. Every single contribution that is made to the charity helps make our work possible – whether as a donor, a community fundraiser, a kitchen or office based volunteer, a trustee, or a staff member. So, if you are contemplating the year ahead and wondering what it may bring, please remember that your contribution to The Food Chain is of great value and makes a big difference. It is something to be proud of and to celebrate. Let’s make this a year to remember for the good work we are able to do together.

We’ve had some beautifully sunny but cold days in London this last couple of weeks, and I’ve been very pleased to turn to The Food Chain cookbook ‘Nourish’ for a suitably warming recipe for a winter’s day. The lamb and chickpea casserole goes down a treat and seems to taste even better on a second day. If you haven’t yet got a copy of ‘Nourish’ you really are missing out on some culinary treats!