As well as environmental impact of landfill, increasing food prices and recession have meant a high rise in demand for food by those most in need. The Devon & Cornwall Food Association's (DCFA) 'FullFilling' project aims to divert quality in-date food from landfill and use this to supply organisations in Devon and Cornwall that feed disadvantaged people. DCFA currently supports around 15 local organisations including Age Concern, Foodbank and The Shekinah Mission.
In the first 42 weeks of running (with only volunteers and no premises) DCFA prevented almost 11,500 litres of milk as well as large quantities of cream from going to landfill, saving more than £11,000 for charitable organisations who could use the money to support more people. (See our weekly statistics for the latest updates.) DCFA is now seeking funding to expand its pilot to include many more food suppliers. This requires permanent premises, training funds, transport and staff to manage the process and support our committed volunteers.
To make this a reality DCFA is asking you to get involved in our 'Pasta Pesto Pledge'. This involves swapping a more expensive meal for Pasta Pesto (one of the cheapest and healthiest meals around) and donating the difference to the DCFA via localgiving.com. This could be a family meal once a week, a one off event or a Pasta Pesto Party for the whole community. Furthermore, every pound donated vialocalgiving.com could be matched. There is a cap, so the quicker you donate the more money the DCFA is likely to get and the more vulnerable people will be fed this winter. If you don't like Pasta Pesto, then be creative or donate anyway!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to become a friend of DCFA and receive regular updates about how your money is making a difference.