We’re so grateful to be able to tell you that this summer sees our ten year anniversary of saving and sharing food in Exeter. We could not have done it without the incredible support of the people of Exeter. We’re also really keen to make ourselves be able to fulfil all the opportunities that we have, and we believe that if we can increase the amount of money given on a monthly basis by our incredible supporters, many things are possible.
So, welcome to our summer of fundraising! Our target is to raise £3000 per month being given in regular donations.
We’re grateful that in this time of crisis, businesses are hoping to share food as they close to the public. Our recipients are also beginning to close, so we cannot guarantee that we are able to take this excess food, but we would like to hear from you to discuss. Our lives will be made much easier if you are able to deliver to us in Marsh Barton, but please make contact first.
Food that has a long life is most likely to be used and useful.
The best way to contact us is by email, either through Elizabeth – or Jon –
We will endeavour to get back to you as quickly as possible.
We’re holding our Annual General Meeting at Belmont Chapel on Thursday the 14th of November at 5:30pm. We’ll start with drinks and nibbles, before the meeting commences at 6pm. Everyone is welcome. If you’re hoping to attend, please email Jon on , so we have enough refreshments for everyone!
Update on Food Exeter (formerly the Exeter Food Network)
Also, a bonus quick report on some volunteer training we had recently. The manual handling of food is really important, both for the food but especially for EFA volunteers who regularly collect and distribute food in crates across Exeter. So Charles Nyeko’s training workshop for us on 2nd December was a really positive opportunity to meet one another and to learn more about the correct ways of lifting and moving boxes of produce.
Each year we celebrate our work at an Annual Reception and EFA has just celebrated its 6th birthday and appointed Elizabeth Butland as its new Coordinator. One of her tasks is to work with volunteers to make sure that daily collections from stores run smoothly and that deliveries can be made the next day to appropriate groups. She believes together they can make such a difference to people’s lives.
We now look forward to building on the work Rory put into place and rescuing even more surplus produce in our wasteful society. This could include new premises in the future, more appropriate to our desire to convert in-date food into more storable products such as soups, smoothies, stews or preserves.
One of our recipients is Exeter Foodbank, who now take fresh food and pass it on to their users. This partnership works a treat; it means that the Foodbank can provide fresh food to clients without storage issues, and also ensure that the more unusual food donations we’re offered are well used. Manager Mark Richardson says, “Thank you Exeter Food Action for all your tremendous work – we may be separate charities, but we think we make a great team!”
More food goes to school breakfast clubs such as at Cranbrook. Head teacher Stephen Farmer said, “We know eating well at the start of the day is so important for children and their learning, as well as their quality of life. EFA is doing a vital job in helping us to provide that at school”.
Since its inception, Exeter Food Action has benefitted an estimated 10,000 people in the area. It has saved over £100,000 to local community organisations and reduced carbon emissions by about 100 tonnes! The charity is supported by local councils, churches and community groups and is a partner of Food Exeter.
In the photo are Elizabeth Butland (left) and Saxon Spence (right), who chairs EFA.
Today marks Rory Matthews’ last day at Exeter Food Action. It’s a sad occasion!! Rory was one of our very first volunteers, and has been employed by for us now for over 5 years. He’s been an incredible gift to this project, and we’re so grateful for his hard work, commitment to the cause and all the things that he has helped us achieve. It’s no exaggeration to say that we would have failed without him. I’ll especially miss his humour and amazing attitude towards work, and this project. We wish him all the very best!
We have a new co-ordinator, who has been a volunteer for almost as long as Rory!! Her name is Liz Butland, and we know you’ll be excited to get to know her!
Now is a good time to start volunteering again – we’re always looking for daytime and evening volunteers; you can get in touch via email at .
Welcome to some recent news about our work in Exeter, where we rescue good food that would otherwise be destroyed and redistribute it to community organisations!
October’s News The first ‘Devon Food Forum DFF’ successfully stimulated further discussions about the importance of the EFA’s work. The 13th of October proved to be a rewarding and informative day for community food groups and food banks across Devon…