Devon and Cornwall Food Action

DCFA

Where Spare Food is Shared Food

Food weight in tonnes

150+ Tonnes of food have been saved and redistributed across the SW and Cornwall!

CO2 emissions

We prevent the production of 51 Tonnes of carbon emissions!

Groups supported

80 Charities and non-for-profit organisations across the SW and Cornwall

Money saved

All this food being given out by DCFA means a saving of £313,000 to the communities we support!

About DCFA

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 !

 

 

 

 

Main Contact

DCFA Association

For general enquiries, background information, links to suppliers or to register as a partner organisation please contact 

Jackie Young, DCFA Manager, on 07970 909912 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write to

DCFA, c/o Unit 1, Ocean Quay, Richmond Walk, Stonehouse, Plymouth, PL1 4LL.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 

Hub Contacts

EXETER

Spinning Path, Blackboy Road, Exeter, EX4 6SN

Phone: 07880814064 (Rory Matthews)

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website: dcfaexeter.org

PLYMOUTH

Unit 1, Ocean Quay, Richmond Walk, Stonehouse, Plymouth, PL1 4LL

Alan Dunne or Jimmy Granger

Phone: 01752 651800

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CORNWALL

3 Lucknow Road, Walker Lines Industrial Estate,

Bodmin, Cornwall, PL31 1DR

Phone: to be announced

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website: dcfaincornwall.co.uk