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Volunteer appeal for Plymouth food action charity

22 May 2018
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Devon and Cornwall Food Action (DCFA) is appealing for volunteers to help staff a network of hubs across Plymouth that will provide essential supplies.

Cool Community Food

Funding of £1,000 from Sanctuary Housing will be used to set up three ‘community fridges’ as part of the Cool Community Food project and staff will work with community organisations to provide supplies – consisting of in-date, surplus food donated by a range of suppliers – for residents in urgent need.


DCFA is searching for local people to volunteer, passing out vital food items via city organisations who can distribute it as required, as well as helping to organise community events to raise the charity’s profile.

“It is vital for us to be where the need is”

Jackie Young, DCFA’s manager for the Cool Community Food Project, said: “Through our community partners, we have the potential to provide essential supplies to around 3,000 local people every month but it is vital for us to be where the need is. The community fridges will help with this and we are really grateful for the financial support to make it happen.

“One of the main benefits of the project, thanks to Sanctuary’s funding, is that we are able to meet local needs and circumstances; we can source freezers or larder fridges as needed, and we can even match food supplies with dietary requirements and help with supplies for companion animals – often a vital lifeline for those living on their own.”

“This project will directly benefit our residents”

Sanctuary’s area manager, Neil Trick, added: “This project will directly benefit our residents, as dozens of the local people who will be helped by Cool Community Food live in our communities.

“The project does an amazing job and we are proud to offer support. I would urge all Plymouth residents who want to give something back to volunteer at one of the mini hubs or at DCFA’s main food hub in Stonehouse.”

Residents interested in volunteering for DCFA should contact chairman Alan Dunne by emailing dcfa.alan@hotmail.com or by calling 01752 651800.

This project was funded by Sanctuary Housing’s Community Investment Fund, which is currently accepting applications from community projects benefiting Sanctuary residents and their communities.

To find out more about the fund, please call 01905 335411, e-mail community@sanctuary-housing.co.uk.


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