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July 2014: Full Steam Ahead

Our new weekend services got off to a good start this month which was great to see. There now isn’t day in the week when our kitchen isn’t being put to good use, which is just how we like it!  A big thank you to the pioneering Food Chain and FoodCycle volunteers who made it possible. It is especially good to know that for a majority of the people who attended on both days the service provided much needed social contact during the weekend. Now we can see how things settle down over the coming months and set our sights on how this service might be funded so we can provide it in other parts of London. The recent arrival of our Trusts Fundraiser job-sharers Celine and Priyanka means that for the first time this year we have no staff vacancies, so we are now able to apply our maximum effort to ensuring we raise the income needed to make our service delivery plans possible. These remain very challenging times for all charities but we won’t let that stand in our way!

Our individual and community fundraisers have been having a busy time too and special thanks are due to our Chair of Trustees, Colm Howard-Lloyd who not only dressed an apple to run in the London 10k with eight other Food Chain runners, but individually raised a splendid £2050 from the event.

Sean Dhadalia’s year long 1000K quest is also going well, with the big 100K run coming up in September.  Good luck with that one Sean. We’ve been so inspired by all this running around in the office that we have a staff team signing up to run the Positive East 5K Red run in November, and that includes me! I’m grateful it’s just 5K.

As we start thinking ahead to the Autumn, our Board of Trustees is looking for new members to stand for election at the 15 October AGM. So, if you would like to become involved in the governance of The Food Chain, please do take a look at the recruitment pack and throw your hat in the ring. This is another important volunteering role that makes the work of the charity possible and is well worth considering if you have an interest in our future sustainability and development.

This month’s recipe is one of the dishes that launched the Eating Together Saturday service. I was keen to try the Summer Fruit Fool and I’m glad I did. I was able to make it with ingredients I already had in the fridge, except for the custard that is. It couldn’t be simpler, and it was just a bit delicious!

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