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August 2014: Pastures New

September is upon us and as we leave behind the summer days there is a great deal to prepare for at The Food Chain. Our new weekend services are settling well and attracting more people each session. We will continue to consolidate and grow these services and we can also begin work on our next stage of development. During the next few months we will hear the outcome of some of the many fundraising applications we have submitted this year and, funding allowing, we will look at how we can work with partners initially in east and west London to provide our Eating Together service in additional venues.

We are also looking to the longer term to fulfil our vision of working with HIV charities in other parts of the UK and in the next couple of months Food Chain staff and volunteers will be venturing to pastures new to run pilots of our Eating Positively nutrition and cookery classes in the south and south west. We’ll keep you posted on how it goes.

The Autumn will see changes on our Board as well. We will be sad to say goodbye to 3 long serving and dedicated trustees at this year’s AGM. Peter Roscrow, Mikey Drury and Jo Hancock are due to stand down in October. We are going to miss their great knowledge of the charity, their insights, wisdom and good humour. Their contributions have been invaluable during times of significant change. Happily we have new people making applications to become trustees and feel confident that those who are elected will also bring valuable skills, experience and commitment. We’re looking forward to welcoming them on board. As always, there is much to be done so we can guarantee we’ll keep them busy!

This week, we were happy to provide lunch for colleagues from across the UK HIV charity sector as they gathered at Acorn House for a meeting. Peter rustled up one of our favourite picnic dishes, the Tuk Tuk salad, and the compliments were many. It really is a very tasty dish. If you haven’t tried it yet, I can highly recommend it. Some of our colleagues took the recipe away with them so we hope the dish will be popping up in Manchester and Liverpool in no time at all.

Click here for that delicious Tuk Tuk salad recipe!

Finally, I mustn’t forget we’ve got a first coming up in the kitchen on 25 September – our debut fundraising bingo night! Hope to see you there, it looks set to be every bit as enjoyable as the quiz evenings. You can reserve your bingo seat for just £5 via Justgiving. So here we go, eyes down….

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