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Our future plans

Last month I wrote about the heart-wrenchingly difficult time one of our service users was having after many months of poor health and homelessness. 

I am pleased to let you know that thanks to the kindness of a family who have invited him to stay with them, he now has somewhere to live and has been able to start his cancer treatment.

What is striking to me is that it is the kindness of strangers that has made this possible – in exactly the same way as the kindness of Food Chain volunteers makes all our services available to people previously unknown to them. Without this we would not be able to do what we do. Volunteers are the life blood of The Food Chain. It was a great pleasure to be at the volunteer party last week to celebrate this lovely fact. The community spirit of The Food Chain is alive and well, and we also know how to party! Thank you to all who came along, and to all those who couldn’t be there. 

Read more about the evening in our Latest News section here

Anyone who has been along to the Acorn House kitchen in recent months will have noticed that the building is up for sale. Our landlords, the Terrence Higgins Trust have put the building on the market and have a buyer lined up, subject to contract. This will mean a big change for The Food Chain as, at some point next year, we will need to move out of the Acorn House kitchen.

Our Board of Trustees has been aware of this for some months, and is making plans for our future. At present, we are in discussions about a potential new home for our kitchen, that is close to Acorn House, and from which we would be able to offer all the same services that we do now. It is not yet possible to share the details, but we are hopeful that our discussions will be successful and we will be able to announce our plans by the end of 2017. We have a great track record of kitchen-hopping at The Food Chain, so it is fingers crossed that this next leap will be every bit as beneficial as the Acorn House kitchen has been for the last five years. Watch this space for updates!

As I’m not long back from a summer holiday, I have neglected our Nourish recipes this month – but I can highly recommend the delicious local produce to be found in the south of France in August. The delicious figs and greengages had to be amongst my favourites – though I gave the locally produced wine a good try out too. We have a busy Autumn ahead of us at The Food Chain, and I am very well nourished to embark on it!