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We’re looking for a Comms Volunteer!

  • Are you passionate about healthy, sustainable food?
  • Are you keen to get involved with the Good Food in Greenwich network?
  • Would you like to gain experience in a dynamic and exciting communications role?

Good Food in Greenwich is going from strength to strength and is growing all the time.  We’ve been running for a year and half now and cover many different areas of food including tackling food poverty, business support and waste.   However, we cannot keep up with the work and are seeking a volunteer to support the network in all its communications and promotions.

We’re looking for someone enthusiastic and with a passion for healthy, sustainable food to help us with our communications including website updates and social media. We need someone who is willing to learn and who is experienced in using social media.

Key activities will include

  • Supporting the network coordinator in promotions and communications and some administration
  • Updating the Good FiG website with news and tips
  • Promoting Good FiG through digital and social media
  • Maintaining the database of Good FiG businesses and projects including sending out charters to Good FiG businesses
  • Supporting with events administration
  • Attending events to support on the day with photographs and social media

 

If you’re interested please contact Mel for more information on 0208 2694880 or email mel@gcda.org.uk

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School meals in Greenwich awarded top food accolade

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Tracey Parnwell with happy pigs!

Greenwich based school caterer GS Plus together with its school food brand Incito has been accredited with the highest accolade from the Soil Association. The national food standards body has awarded the company the Gold Food for Life Catering Mark for its primary school meal menu in Royal Borough of Greenwich schools.

It followed an audit inspection which found that 94% of the school meals menu is freshly prepared – compared with the minimum required standard of 75%.

cwf1The Food for Life Catering Mark recognises the highest standards of food quality, provenance and traceability, providing reassurance that all meals at each school are freshly prepared using environmentally sustainable and seasonal ingredients, free from undesirable additives and trans fats, and which are better for animal welfare and compliant with national nutritional standards.

The Soil Association’s inspection report said, “So uplifting to see the GS Plus approach. When you stand back, the Company’s impact is something to celebrate and, as the menu says, ‘thoughtful food sourcing’ that goes well beyond the standards required.”

The inspector also praised GS Plus for dramatically exceeding the minimum target for freshly prepared dishes. Their auditors found that 94% of the menu is freshly prepared compared with the minimum standard of 75%.

The latest award follows on the heels of recent praise for GSPlus’s commitment to animal welfare, through ethical and sustainable food sourcing. The award by Compassion in World Farming of two Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards and one Commendation makes Greenwich the only London Authority to have its school meals service recognised in this area.

Cllr Peter Brooks, Chair of GSPlus, said: “Not only does this promote good animal welfare; documented scientific studies cwfhave shown that there are significant health benefits when animals are farmed in a more natural and less intensive manner. GS Plus believes that this work also offers an important message for the children about food issues and the impact these have on the environment for future generations.”

GS Plus Chief Executive Gurmel Singh-Kandola said: “We are delighted to receive this Soil Association award. Our food offer and the service we provide is at the heart of all we do, and together as a team, we aim to push standards ever higher.”

 

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Pop-Up Cafe and Pizza at Woodlands Farm!

GCDA are popping up at Woodlands Farm this Easter holidays with their Lounge cafe brand.  Having hosted an incredibly successful pop-up a the Art House in Lewisham last year, they are now delighted to be doing the same at Woodlands Farm on Shooters Hill.  Woodlands Farm is quite possibly the largest urban farm in the country with 89 acres of beautiful grasslands to be explored.  The farm in itself is always worth a visit, but over the Easter holidays you can also combine your visit with a trip to the cafe to sample some tasty, healthy homemade treats.  And there’s more!  GCDA are collaborating with Pop-up Pizza Greenwich on the 7th April to bring you a special evening of Pizza and Wine to indulge your senses even more!

The menu looks delicious and features 5 different pizzas including a special Woodlands Farm Pizza complete with Woodlands reared beef, and served with locally grown organic salad and two glasses of Wine or bottles of Beer.

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The beautiful Woodlands Farm Garden

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Woodland Farm – 331 Shooters Hill, London DA16 3RP, United Kingdom – View Map

A fantastic day out awaits, so get up there and enjoy!

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Food Waste Conference – 19th April, 10am – 1.30pm; with FREE lunch!

Food waste in Britain costs the average family nearly £700 a year!

In Greenwich that is the equivalent of nearly half a million pounds! 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food and drink industry each year, and the average business is throwing away the equivalent of £10,000 a year in wasted food.

This short seminar seeks to address some of these issues and show businesses, caterers, schools and procurement officers how to reduce waste into the bin, and ideas and opportunities of what to do with unavoidable surplus. We will also be serving a delicious lunch made entirely from surplus food.

Who should come?

  • Schools
  • All food businesses
  • Food producers and caterers
  • Individuals
  • Procurement officers

Why should you come?

  • Find out how to save money by reducing waste
  • Find out how to distribute any surplus waste you have
  • Find out how to ensure the people you work with address food waste

Where and when?

Hosted at the wonderful New Haddo Centre in the heart of Greenwich kindly lent to us by Greenwich West, this conference will take place on the 19th April from 10am – 1.30pm including a delicious lunch cooked up by the wonderful and inventive Made in Greenwich with surplus food donated from Fareshare.  An excellent way to spend a morning!

How to book?

Visit: https://waronwaste.eventbrite.co.uk  or email: mel@gcda.org.uk or phone 020 8269 4880 for more information

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Healthier Catering Commitment

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Café and fast food businesses that offer healthier options can now be recognised by applying for a Healthier Catering Commitment Award. Healthier Catering Commitment for London is a voluntary scheme to recognise food outlets that offer healthier food options, and make simple and affordable changes to the food they sell to make it better for their customers.  Surveys show that people want healthier choices on the menu when they are eating out and that it is the responsibility of the caterer to provide healthier choice.  This award is a fantastic opportunity for food businesses to be recognised for making healthier choices easier, and a great way for the public to make those healthier choices.  

healthier catering commitmentWhat does a food business need to do? When a food business signs up to the scheme, they commit to improving the food they sell by making small changes like changing the oil they use and making sure its heated to the right temperature.  This helps foods soak up less fat whilst cooking.  They may also offer some healthy options like salad with burgers or low-sugar drinks and will offer smaller portions if asked.  These small changes can have a big impact on our health, but won’t impact on taste.

How can I tell which fast food business is participating on this scheme? Food businesses who adopt the scheme display the Healthier Catering Commitment logo on their business windows, doors or walls. So look out for this sign when you are next visiting a fast food outlet or café in your area and if you can’t see it – ask them why! Which food businesses have been awarded so far? So far, the following 29 premises in Royal Borough of Greenwich have been awarded the Healthier Catering Commitment certificate and sticker.

 

Waterfront Café, Waterfront Leisure Centre 30 Woolwich High St SE18 6DL
Eltham Café, Bistro Bar, Eltham Leisure Centre Archery Road SE9 1HA
Pistachios, (Yum Yummy Ltd) Chevening Road SE10 0LB
Avery Hill Park Café Avery Hill Road SE9 2EX
Great Sun 3 The Village SE7 8UG
Valley Café 20 Charlton Church Lane SE7 7AE
The Old Cottage Coffee Shop Charlton Park, Charlton Park Rd SE7 8UB
The Baguette 2a The Village SE7 8UD
First Choice Hare Street SE18 6NE
Star Banqueting Star Express 39-43 Hare Street SE18 6NE
Chicken & Pizza 31 The Village SE7 8UG
Sam’s’ Chicken 9 Plumstead Road SE18 7BZ
New Leaf Community Café 124a Blaker Court, Charlton SE7 7EU
Top Fryers Fish Bar 37 The Village SE7 8UG
Ziyafet 200 Eltham High Street SE9 1DB
Kim’s Fish & Chips 122B Plumstead Common Road SE18 2UL

 

Ziyafet 200 Eltham High Street SE9 1DB
Kim’s Fish & Chips 122B Plumstead Common Road SE18
Griller 14a Conway Road SE7 7DB
Bistro at Greenwich Carer’s Centre 76 Hornfair Road SE10 9HP
Foodies 139 Vanbrugh Hill SE10 8LF
Golden Chippy 62 Greenwich High Rd, SE3 9LA
Age Exchange 11 Blackheath Village SE9 1BT
Royal Kebab (Charcoal Grill) 48 Eltham High Street SE9 1UT
Star Grill 108 Westmount Road SE9 1 BW
Delicio 116 Eltham High St SE18 6JF
Koffees and Kream Unit 5 The Vista Building, 25 Calderwood Street SE18 6JQ
Friends Café 2-3 Barnards Close, Woolwich SE18 6AB
Coffee Lounge Equitable House, 29 Green’s End Woolwich SE10 8JA
G-West café 141 Greenwich High Rd SE7 7DB
Aroyd-D-Thai Gordon Square Woolwich SE10 9HP

If you have eaten at one of the above awarded food businesses and want to send us your feed-back about the food, please email livia@gcda.org.uk, thanks!