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June 2013: Happy Days

At last we had some proper sunshine and The Food Chain had a great day out at this year’s London Community Pride.

Groups of volunteers and staff joined The Titans at the front of the Parade, and on the top deck of a Routemaster bus with the Out@Time Warner LGBT group. We had a stall for the day in Wardour St to recruit volunteers. It was a pleasure to see so many green t-shirts out and about for the day. A big 'thank you' to all who took part.

This month we also heard the results of GS1 UK's project looking at the feasibility of central purchasing. Four of their staff undertook the project at no cost to The Food Chain and presented their findings to our Management Committee and Lead Cooks  Forum. There are some exciting ideas about how we can make the lives of our Lead Cooks a lot easier. Recipe management software would do all sorts of clever things including calculating quantities, generating shopping lists and calculating the nutritional value of our recipes. GS1 UK have also offered to help us sort out our storage areas at Acorn House so we can start off the central purchasing of dry goods. We need a good tidy up and a lick of paint and the team are generously going to help out with that too.

We’ll be drawing up plans to take the ideas forward and will keep you posted about the details.

After two years with The Food Chain, Damon Nicholls, our Dietitian, is moving on. Damon did the crucial job of designing and introducing the personalised dietetic support service that each of our service users now receive. He’s leaving us to further his career back in the NHS. He will be caring for people living with HIV at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital. Good luck Damon, and thank you for all your hard work over the past two years.

And now to this month’s recipe – a light meal this time, to celebrate the sunshine. This chick pea and egg salad did the job well on the hottest day of the year so far. Very quick and easy to prepare and tasty with some fresh bread to mop up the dressing. Roll on these salad days.