The Food Chain

At the Core                                          November 2011



Eating Together, our communal eating programme, has got off to a fantastic start, and I'd like to thank Nigel and his team of volunteers for all the effort they have put in. This month we received confirmation of a grant for �95,675 from the City Bridge Trust to help us develop this pilot over the next two years and reach more isolated people living with HIV.


Our patrons feature heavily in this update, Julian Clary will be providing some extra glitz to our Green Apple Dinner, Allegra McEvedy is getting involved in our World AIDS Day events and Dame Sheila Hancock will be reading at this year's Carol service


Best wishes,

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Peter Roscrow

Chair of the Trustees                     

In This Issue
October Key facts
Green Apple Dinner
World AIDS Day
Volunteer Xmas
Eating Together
Making a Difference
Carol Service
West London Kitchen
Christmas Gifts
Meet the Team
Recipe of the Month
October Key Facts
In October Food Chain volunteers have helped us to:
  • Deliver 2,050 meals and grocery boxes worth �12,631.13
  • Welcome 21 people to our new communal eating service, Eating Together
  • Teach 11 people about good nutrition through our Eating Positively classes.
  • Receive grants from City Bridge Trust and Clifford Chance to match the sponsorship an employee gained running the London 10k on our behalf.
gadJulian Clary at the Green Apple Dinner

We are delighted to announce that Julian Clary, comedian, novelist and Food Chain Patron, will be our celebrity after-dinner speaker at The Green Apple Dinner. Dame Denise Platt DBE will be speaking on the changing nature of HIV in the UK. She has worked in the social care sector for many years and is currently Chair of the National AIDS Trust.

With a champagne reception, four-course dinner and guest speeches from Julian Clary and Dame Denise it promises to be a very special event. We still have a limited number of tickets available.


Join us at the historic Mercers' Hall on Thursday 24 November 2011.  Tickets are now extremely limited so book now to avoid disappointment, you can buy your ticket online now, or email Tina to reserve a table.


Thank you to Core Recruitment for sponsorship of the event. 

World AIDS Day - We need you to get involved!
red ribbon

We are very excited to have been invited to collect at a number of events this World AIDS Day.


Once more we will be painting the town red collecting in bars across Soho on World AIDS Day (1 December) as part of Soho Red Thursday. We need as many volunteers as possible to help us sell red ribbons; if there is one event you help with this year - please make it this one!


We also have permits to collect at Victoria Station, in Spitalfields Market, at the Richmond Arms Fundraiser and in Waterstones Gower Street. To find out more about these events click here.

Volunteers Needed Over Christmas and New Year
Over the Christmas period The Food Chain will continue delivering our Sunday meal service to people living with HIV across London as usual. With so many other things going on - work parties, family gatherings, Christmas shopping - we know it can be tricky to find the time to volunteer as usual, but it's more important than ever that you do!

Christmas Day this year is a Sunday, as is New Year's Day - both shifts are going to be  difficult to fill, so if you are in London please think about volunteering.

To book a shift use the online rota or contact your rota coordinators as soon as possible.
etEating Together
Eating Together spread
The Food Chain, in partnership with AGE UK Camden, launched a new service in October called Eating Together.  20 men over the age of 55 have already enjoyed a Sunday meal at Body & Soul, but we have room for a few more.  We are delighted to announce that the service has already attracted funding from The City Bridge Trust to be expanded to other groups over the next 2 years. If you would like to join this pilot service and help us shape it for the future please get in touch. For more information email Nigel Burch or call 020 7354 0333
Making a Difference

In line with the 'Responding to Need' 2010-2014 strategy, The Food Chain is moving towards outcomes-based services.  Every new referral accepted to service now has a personalised nutrition care plan and outcomes agreed directly with the service user and referrer.  This outlines how the problems accessing good nutrition will be addressed by The Food Chain, the service user and the referrer and what difference this will make.  We are just starting to see results in our post-service calls, with 72% of service users having reportedly achieved all or some of their outcomes with The Food Chain's support; seeing improvements in their health, economic and psychosocial situation and greater empowerment through knowledge. 

carolFood Chain Carol service 
On Tuesday 13 December The Actor's Church in Covent Garden will once more be hosting our carol service. This will be a very special evening to look back on the achievements of The Food Chain and celebrate the work of our volunteers in 2011. There will be readings, including from Food Chain Patron Sheila Hancock, carols led by the St. Paul's choir, all topped off with Konditor & Cook mince pies, provided by Patron Gerhard Jenne.

7pm, Tuesday 13 December, St. Paul's Actors Church, Bedford Street, WC2E 8NA
West London Kitchen

The search continues for a Sunday Service kitchen in West London.  We are looking for a weekend kitchen that can produce around 60 hot meals, desserts and light meals a week.   


The new kitchen will potentially deliver to the following London Boroughs: Wandsworth, Merton, Sutton, Kingston-upon-Thames, Richmond-upon-Thames, Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster.  Please contact Nich Fant  if you have any ideas or suggestions of venues. 

Christmas gifts

The perfect gift for foodie friends & family! Food Chain volunteer Lisa Streets is offering a 10% donation to The Food Chain for each gift pack and hamper sold through her business, My Secret Kitchen.  All products are made in the UK with natural ingredients.

Gift packs start at �9.40.  Some suggestions are on the website, or feel free to create your own!  Contact Lisa on or 07792 895 843 to place your order & arrange delivery (free, within London), or to book a free tasting.  You can also choose to add an additional donation for The Food Chain when you make your payment! 

Meet the Team  

Name: Andrew DaviesAndrew
Job title: General Manager
How long have you been working at The Food Chain? 

Since 2008


What does your job involve day-to-day? Overall financial and operational responsibility, lots of fundraising and promotion of the charity externally.

What is the most memorable volunteer shift you've done for The Food Chain? I was navigating one Sunday on a route that went to Croydon. The driver ran out of petrol, so I had to deliver the last two meals on foot - but still got there within 2 hours!

What's the best meal you've ever had? Who were you with? Lunch at Kentish Town kitchen in 2008 with the kitchen volunteers as part of my interview process. Seeing the meals operation and the dedication of volunteers for the first time was amazing! 



Fish and Okra Stew 

This month we are recommending this delicious stew very popular in Mali - it is low in saturated fat and high in vitamin C. Click here to get cooking.