Our mission is simple - to fill bellies, not bins!
Food poverty is hurting communities’ at the most basic level. This scene looks all too familiar that poverty levels rising in the UK year on year and many families struggle to provide just the basic necessities such as food.
Did you know that 80% of children and 95% of teens are not eating well enough?
Who we are and what we do?
Devon and Cornwall Food Action (DCFA) is a not-profitable registered charity (Charity Number 1155313), striving to eradicate food poverty in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall.
We do this by redistributing donated surplus produce to other charities and organisations who, in turn, help vulnerable communities.
DCFA is not a foodbank.
The charity was originally founded 10 years ago and in each subsequent year the need for our services has increased. By the end of this year 2019, we project that we will have provided food boxes to the value of £2 million in surplus food. Many families would struggle to prepare nutritious meals to feed themselves and their children without the support of this food from us.
We are working flat out, but for the next step we need your help. Our Plymouth Hub on Belliver Industrial Estate, Roborough is where food is delivered, sorted, stored and sent out again by our amazing team of volunteers. We make multiple collections from our donators seven days a week, and deliver our food boxes to those in need Monday to Friday.
Where does the food come from?
DCFA is fortunate and extremely grateful to have forged links with most of the major supermarket chains alongside several independent food suppliers and manufacturers for the supply of surplus produce that is still perfectly fit for consumption that would otherwise have been sent to landfill or disposed of in some way, because it does not meet the food producer or supplier's standards for sale.
If any of the donated food proves to be unusable or unsafe it is sent to the Language Anaerobic Digester facility just outside Plymouth, where it is converted into bio-fertiliser. (Nothing goes to waste).
Who we help?
We work with a number of services, community organisations and groups through their various means testing schemes. This also includes out of hours support for the Devon & Cornwall police teams. The produce is distributed to those that have been identified as being in desperate need to feed themselves and their families. We have also been working with 12 primary schools and pre-schools where parent support advisers identify families in need.
Food poverty and food waste are hurting communities at the most basic level. Poverty levels are rising in the UK year on year and many families struggle to provide the basics necessities such as food for their families. Food poverty can be triggered by a crisis in finances or personal circumstances and a whole host of different factors.
“Socially, it is a scandal that people are going hungry and using food banks when so much of the food that we produce is being wasted. It is our intention, with your help, to win this war and eradicate food poverty from within Devon and Cornwall".
Our mission is simple - to fill bellies, not bins!!
Why we need your help
Just as our services are needed more and more, we are in danger of collapsing because of the continuing increase in running costs. We need funds to pay for the facilities, equipment and fuel required to operate the hub. We also need more funding to expand our services in order to help and support other communities.
Funding is not needed for the food as we get this donated and not for staff as we operate entirely on an amazing volunteer workforce.
To continue our vital service, and meet the increased demands on our resources to help redistribute more surplus food, we need to raise £40,000 to sustain the future of this essential operation.
Where will your money go?
- Collection & delivery vehicle running costs
- Hub Utility costs
- Hub expenditure & consumables
We hope that you will be able to support us and become an invaluable part of our journey in fighting the war against food poverty within Devon & Cornwall.
Whether you can give £10, £25, £50 or even more on a regular basis via standing order or donate via this Crowd funder it’s your chance to support a meaningful, long lasting solution, where no one should have to go hungry.
Thank you for your support.
Together, we can fill more bellies not bins.