150+ Tonnes of food have been saved and redistributed across the SW and Cornwall!
We prevent the production of 51 Tonnes of carbon emissions!
80 Charities and non-for-profit organisations across the SW and Cornwall
All this food being given out by DCFA means a saving of £313,000 to the communities we support!
Welcome to the Devon and Cornwall Food Action website. Our growing network of food hubs rescues surplus foor from over 60 local retailers, growers and producers and then redistributes it to our partner organisations ; other charities who work with some of the South West's most vulnerable communities. In this way, the elderly, the homeless, those in rehab, those who need local support, veterans and refugees are amongst the groups that benefit from regular food supplies. By April 2016 we had collected over 250 tonnes of food with a retail value of over £750,000........that's funds that dont have to be found for meals and funds that can support other priorities.
We have food hubs in Exeter, Plymouth and Cornwall but DCFA is not a Foodbank. Our approach is different as we do not provide emergency food parcels to individuals. Nevertheless DCFA supports over 90 community organisations from Penzance to Ilfracombe and, in Plymouth alone, can support up to 3000 individuals a week. Not bad for an organisations that is run almost entirely by volunteers !
By collecting surplus food we tackle the growing problem of food waste (estimated at almost 14 million tonnes by WRAP) and we address food poverty; two closely linked sustainability issues. Funded by grants, a limited number of sponsors and a newly introduced Friends Scheme (see News for more details), DCFA uses its funds to ensure we can pay the rent, keep the freezers going and keep our van on the road so that collections can be quick and easy.
Our suppliers include well known retailers such as Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco's and local producers such as Cornish Orchards, Portlebay Popcorn, Paramount 21, Tulip Foods, St Merryn Foods, Baytree, Tamar Foods, Hingstons and Rowes Bakeries amongst others. We are very grateful to all of them for their continuing help.
We will soon be working with Fareshare UK to provide a new link to ambient food supplies, such as rice, lentils and flour so watch this space.
Lastly, DCFA also helps to limit the emission of the greenhouse gases that contribute to the South West's carbon footprint and influence climate change. We monitor our own carbon footprint and can help you to reduce yours by donating supplies rather than sending them to landfill or 'incineration'.
So, if you'd like to know more, please do not hesitate to get in touch. New volunteers are always welcome...as are new suppliers and new partner organisations. We are just a call or email away !
For general enquiries, background information, links to suppliers or to register as a partner organisation please contact
Spinning Path, Blackboy Road, Exeter, EX4 6SN
Phone: 07880814064 (Rory Matthews)
Unit 1, Ocean Quay, Richmond Walk, Stonehouse, Plymouth, PL1 4LL
Alan Dunne or Jimmy Granger
Phone: 01752 651800
3 Lucknow Road, Walker Lines Industrial Estate,
Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DR
Phone: to be announced