The Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd (DCFA)NEWSLETTEROctober - November 2011Patron: Judi Spiers, BBC Radio Devon Spare Food is Share Food!7 Whimple Street, Plymouth, Devon PL1 2DH Mobile: 07745819828 (text only) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://dcfa.webs.com FOREWORD BIG RISE IN CHARITY FOOD DEMAND BY THE COMPANY CHAIR An article broadcast by the BBC nd Mrs. Christine REID on Sunday, 2 October 2011Dear Friends and Supporters,I have some exciting news to announce to you... DCFA has F IGURES FROM A UK CHARITY show a sharp rise in demand on charities for food. FareShare, which redirects food trade surpluses to those in need, saidappointed its first member of paid staff! its donations were reaching 35,000 people a day, up fromMs. Victoria HURTH has been appointed as our part-time DCFA 29,000 a day last year.Project Coordinator and will take up appointment in mid- The organisation said it had seenNovember 2011. Another big step forward for the DCFA the largest annual increase in theproject! number of charities asking for handouts.You will have heard in the media recently that food poverty is FareShare said low-income families were struggling with risingon the increase. So now it’s more important than ever that our food prices, and one in three charities it surveyed was facingproject should succeed. But it will only succeed with your government funding cuts.continuing help and support. Unprecedented demandAt the end of September we said goodbye to Esme GOSS, our The charity has 17 locations around the UK and passes on goodvolunteer Milk Team Coordinator. Esme looked after the quality supplies from the British food industry to a widedistribution of milk and cream for us each and every week. network of grassroots organisations such as homeless hostels,We thank Esme for all she’s done and wish her well for the womens refuges, day centres and after-school clubs.future. Karen BOWLER has kindly agreed to step into the post It said that last year it provided 8.6 million meals, and this yearand we all wish her a warm welcome! DCFA has already saved it was facing unprecedented demand from some 700various local organisations £5,500 by supplying them with milk organisations.and cream. DCFA Editorial Comment:I should like to remind you all that our first AGM will be held ston Tuesday, 1 November at 6 p.m. There’s more information FareShare is a national charity operating inabout this later in this Newsletter. We have a lovely, lively conjunction with Sainsbury’s. The nearest FareShareGuest Speaker lined up for you, and Victoria will be available to outlet to the Devon & Cornwall region is at Bristol. Itmeet everyone. I am a little concerned about the poor would take a ten-hour round trip to travel fromresponse received so far! So do please come along to ourAGM and show your support. Plymouth in a van to collect food produce from there and then to return to Plymouth to distribute it to ourWe do need to know whether you will be attending charitable receiving organisations. We would alsoor not so do please let Geoff know as soon as you have to pay FareShare for this service as it does notcan! Contact details at top of page. come free! This is the reason that DCFA was set up asChristine a separate, autonomous organisation dealing solely with our region.Christine REIDChair of the DCFA Board of Trustees The world does not stop at Bristol!The Devon & Cornwall Food Association Ltd. (DCFA) is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee.Registered Company No. 07419679.Registered Charity No. - DCFA is recognised by HMRC as a Charity for tax purposes under Reference XT27083.Members of : Our Funder:NCVO (The National Council for Voluntary Organisations) – Membership No. MEMBERVC/13004,PTSC (The Plymouth Third Sector Consortium),The Small Charities Coalition,And Volunteering England – Membership No.1278747. … And Voluntary Donations.
EDITORIAL COMMENT AN ARTICLE BY ALISON SHAWI NTERNET Links. If you’re reading this on-line and come across words with blue lettering that are underlined, then DCFA Trustee and Public Relations Officeryou can click on these links and be taken directly to anothersite for more information on that particular topic. M Y NAME IS ALISON SHAW and I am a Trustee and the Press Officer of the DCFA. With a background of primary school teaching I was ordainedIf you read this on Microsoft Word, you can put your cursor in 2001 and since then have worked in the Dioceses of Truroover the link, hold down the Control (Ctrl) Key and click! Ed. and Exeter. Whilst working in North Cornwall I became involved in FoodBanks and helped set up and run a satellite GREETINGS! “branch” of the highly busy Wadebridge FoodBank. As a church community we support the Plymouth FoodBank and I knowH rd APPY BIRTHDAY TO Gitty ANKERS for Sunday, 23 October 2010. Gitty is a Co-opted Member to the DCFA the work they do here too is essential.Board of Trustees. Thanks Gitty and have a lovely day! Now, as priest-in-charge of St. Boniface Church in St. Budeaux, I’m seeing at first hand the effects of second and thirdN O CELEBRATIONS IN NOVEMBER. Have we missed anyone? generation unemployment, the shocking issues of increasing food poverty and the resultant sense of low self esteem and hopelessness. The work of the DCFA is already making a difference to twelve DCFA MEETINGS organisations it is currently supplying and we look forward to aS EPTEMBER 2011 BOARD Meeting. The September th meeting took place on Monday, 5 at the CatherineStreet Baptist Church. time when DCFA is able to secure premises, paid staff and a supply chain from the many local food producers and retailers who may wish to work with us. st It’s truly unacceptable, that in this 21 century, huge quantitiesN EXT MEETING. There will be no meeting in October st 2011. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 1 November2011 which will be our first Annual General Meeting. This will of food are wasted daily when people go hungry! Many things get people hot under the collar... let’s protest about this... an issue which really matters and is a massivebe held at 6 p.m. at The Crown Centre, Plymouth. injustice in our society.F UTURE MEETINGS. All meetings are scheduled to start at 10.30 a.m. at the Catherine Street Baptist Church unlessotherwise stated. This information is subject to change at short DCFA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AN OPEN INVITATIONnotice. st Tuesday, 1 November 2011 T HE DCFA AGM will be held at the Plymouth Crown Centre at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 1 November 2011. A rough programme will be st Annual General Meeting (6 p.m. at The Crown Centre, Plymouth) something like this: th Tuesday, 6 December 2011 6 p.m. Registration & Networking General Board Meeting 6.30 p.m. Welcome by the Chair followed by Christmas Drinks & Mince Pies Chair’s Report, (Plymouth - Shekinah Mission) Treasurer’s Report Guest Speaker th Tuesday, 7 February 2012 - Ms. Anna HOYLE. General Board Meeting Strategic Development Manager, ECCVS Election of Officers, Spare Food is Share Food. Any Other Business, Questions & Answers Come join DCFA! 7.30 p.m. Refreshments & Networking Stop good food from ending up at landfill sites! Do please make a date in your diaries now and let Geoff know if you wish to attend! Talk to DCFA on Facebook Our AGM is open to all to attend. In particular we should like to see the following in attendance: Follow DCFA on Twitter DCFA Trustees, DCFA Volunteers, DCFA Friends Members of the DCFA Exeter Working Group View DCFA on LinkedIn Members of the DCFA Truro Working Group As space is limited we should be most grateful if you let us know that you will be attending. Please contact Geoff at: Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 2
email@example.com or telephone him on (01752) 563800.Deadlines: Nominations to become an officer of DCFA E ND OF THE SELL-BY DATE: Simpler labels to tackle £12billion annual food waste:(Trustee or Member) must be submitted to the DCFA Secretary Five million tons of perfectly good produce binned every year. thby not later than 12 noon on Tuesday, 18 October 2011. ‘Use by’ labels will go only on food unsafe to eat after a certain date th This article was published in the Daily Mail on Thursday, 15 DCFA TALKS & PRESENTATIONS September 2011 by Tamara Cohen and This Is Money Reporters. Sell-by dates on food labels are to be removed in a bid toD CFA BOARD MEMBERS are now ready to deliver Talks to groups and organisations about the work of DCFA. Thiscan be accompanied by a PowerPoint Presentation and a help cut down the £12billion worth of good food which ends up in the bin each year. From now on, manufacturers will only be able to put use bycouple of short video films. We invariably include a discussion or best before dates on food products.session afterwards and distribute leaflets, and Friends of DCFA The new guidelines from the government mean that foodBrochures. So if you are a school, or perhaps a church group products will no longer be able to use sell-by or displayor similar, why not contact Geoff and request a Talk? until labels. Instead they will only be allowed to put one date to help confused consumers distinguish between the PLYMOUTH SOCIAL ENTERPRISE two traditional dates. NETWORK Ruling: From now on, manufacturers will not be allowed to misleadCHRISTINE REID AND GEOFF READ attended a meeting of th customers into thinking their food is off.PSEN on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at An estimated five million tons ofMillfields HQ Business Centre in Union Street, perfectly good produce – worthPlymouth. A very worthwhile meeting and a very £12billion – is binned every year.interesting Talk from Rachel PICKEN of MPAD The annual cost to a typical family is put at a staggering £680. about how social enterprises can use their The new rules issued today by the Department for ethical dimensions to boost public relations Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has been producedand how to use social impact to create great news stories. in consultation with supermarkets, food manufacturers,Perhaps you will now see an improvement in our Newsletters! consumer groups, food law enforcement bodies and theEd. Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP). Although agreement has been reached with manufacturers, OTHER NEWS ministers still need to thrash out similar rules for supermarket own-brand products. Environment Secretary Caroline SPELMAN said: We want to end the food labelling confusion and make it clear once and for all when food is goodC OAST TV VISITED PLYMOUTH. On the eve of the first Marine Management Organisation conference organised by the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership, CoastNet and safe to eat. This simpler and safer date labelling guide will help households cut down on the £12 billion Miss SPELMANbrought Miranda KRESTOVNIKOV and the Coast TV programme worth of good food that ends up in the bin. will announceto kick off a debate about this future, starting with some Most foods... such as tinned and dry goods, the move tostories of the making of the TV series and insights that Miranda help end food jams, pickles and snacks... carry a best before labellinghas gained from the experience. The evening started at 6.30 date to indicate when they will no longer be at confusion.p.m. with canapés and drinks followed by a debate at 7.30 their best but are still safe to eat. thp.m. on Monday, 12 September 2011 in the Graduation Use by labels will go only on food which is unsafe to eat after aMarquee on Plymouth Hoe. Christine REID and Geoff READ certain date, such as soft cheese, meat, fish, eggs and readywere most fortunate to be invited to represent DCFA at what meals.turned out to be a most interesting evening! Instead of using sell by or display until dates, the food industry will be encouraged to use other measures... such as colourC ORNWALL Food & Drink Festival. Christine REID, Geoff READ and Gitty ANKERS spent some time talking to local food coding... to tell supermarkets how long to keep produce on the shelf. Campaigners have been lobbying for several ears to change the food labelling system which was introduced in 1980.producers at this festival at Truro in Liz REDMOND of the Food Standards Agency said: ‘There is aSeptember 2011. It was a very busy lot of confusion among customers about date marks.festival but they managed to place a few DCFA Brochures in ‘A number of different dates can be found on our food, so westrategic places! need to make sure that everyone knows the differenceFind out more by visiting: www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk. between them. We always emphasise that use by dates are the most important, as these relate to food safety. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 3
‘This new guidance will give greater clarity to the food industry However she also claimed that consumers were still confusedon which date mark should be used on their products while by the difference between use by and best before and calledmaintaining consumer protection.’ for measures to improve consumer understanding.The waste reduction body WRAP says 8.3million tons of food Scientists at the University of Strathclyde are working onand drink is thrown away each year, of which 60%, or ‘intelligent’ food wrapping which changes colour when the5.3million tons, is avoidable. contents go bad.Every day 1.3million unopened yoghurt pots are dumped along More...with 5million potatoes, a million loaves of bread, 440,000 How to drastically slash your food bill with easy changesready meals, 5,500 chickens and a million slices of ham. Food labels use poetic license to fool shoppersMuch of this food ends up in landfill and puts a drain on theeconomy in terms of production and transport. To read more on this subject please click on this link.A survey last year for supermarket chain Morrisons found55% of shoppers throw away food which is past its bestbefore date even though it is still safe to eat.Miss SPELMAN said earlier this year: ‘I am dismayed so P IAZZA MARKET A HIT With Public. This article was published in the Plymouth Herald on Monday, 19 September 2011: thmuch food goes to waste. If the date labels are part of the A CITY farmers market has been hailedproblem, it’s one thing we should be able to improve.’ as a success after some traders sold outCritics say part of the problem is that supermarkets offer of their local produce.buy-one-get-one-free deals on products with a short shelf Mouth-watering pastries andlife, including fruit and vegetables, which means that preserves, local cider and eye-catchingshoppers throw away large amounts. jewellery were all on offer for the many LOCAL PRODUCE:DEFRA said consumers would find the new system easier to shoppers who visited the market on Saturday. Lynda Hickery fromunderstand and that deciding when to eat foods after the Previously situated in New George Street, Ant-Ems Bakery.best before date was common sense. the stalls took up residence in the Piazza with organisersWhile the manufacturers have pledged to follow the hoping it will be the first step in reintroducing the attraction toguidelines, there were fears supermarkets would dig in their the citys central thoroughfare.heels over ‘display before’ dates on own brand products. "It went very well and we have had great feedback from theThe British Retail Consortium, which represents major traders and public," said Clint Jones, Plymouth City Centreretailers, expressed doubts as to whether the new rules Manager.would help customers better understand date marking. "It is definitely something that people want back and theSpokesman Andrew OPIE said: ‘If the Government really traders all had good days."wants to make a difference to reducing food waste it should A total of 15 traders set up shop for the market which isbe educating consumers about the two basic terms... use by hoped will return as a fortnightly event.and best before. "We want everyone to enjoy it," said Clint.‘This system is carefully used by retailers and it isn’t "And it doesnt have to be just be once a fortnight, you cancomplicated. Helping consumers understand that food past enjoy local produce every day at the Plymouth City Market."its best before date can still be eaten or cooked couldcontribute to reducing food waste and saving peoplemoney. The Government should be spreading that message,not focusing on retail practices.’ T HE SHEKINAH MISSION. John HAMBLIN has reported that at long last their new web site is up and running. Do please take a look at:Barbara GALLANI of the Food & Drink Federation said: www.shekinahmission.co.uk‘DEFRA’S guidance on the application of date marks on foodand drink products will provide an additional tool formanufacturers to use to help consumers in their fightagainst food waste.’ Below: Esme Goss and DCFA See more at: Photobucket.com and DCFA FB Page. Original photographs courtesy of George TRICKER. Contact the DCFA Newsletter Editor at DCFA... details at the top of Page 1. 4