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Summer Feasts a Great Success!

School is well under way, so if you’ve got kids you’ll be back into the swing of it for sure.  But did you know that for many children living in poverty in the UK today, returning to school means they are guaranteed at least one meal a day? During the holidays, many parents in Greenwich find it hard to feed their families. They may skip meals to feed their kids, and many kids are reporting going hungry during this time, which has a real impact on their learning and development – quite apart from it being just morally wrong!

After a successful small pilot last summer, GCDA was lucky enough to be funded by the Children’s Health Fund this summer to expand the programme.  So, we got together again with GLL Adventure Playgrounds  and Charlton Athletic Community Trust Youth Services to deliver even more meals throughout the summer.  Based on one of the models we used last year, GCDA prepared food at their cafe and delivered it to 5 venues across the borough – Plumstead, Glyndon and Coldharbour Adventure Play Centres and Hawksmoor and Woolwich Common Youth Clubs. Using FareShare surplus produce we produced the food and packaged it for transportation around the borough.  We had amazing volunteers on hand at each venue to warm the food, prepare any extras (fruit salad was a big hit) and help serve and clear up.  The staff at the venues supported enormously – getting the kids registered, encouraging them to try the food and generally being there to help.

Despite some logistical challenges, and some of the food not being entirely to the kids’ liking, it was a great success.  We served over 1000 meals to more than 250 kids registered.

Sadly, this problem seems to be getting worse and every year more and more families are dipping below the poverty line. The holidays are a really challenging time for many so we are still working on ways to delivery to more venues, to more kids.

One amazing development has been with CACT and the in-house caterer at Charlton Stadium Delaware North.  Delaware North have agreed to introduce a voluntary Sugar Smart levy on their soft drinks – 10p on

 

a sugar sweetened drink.  The money raised through this levy will go towards holiday meals projects thus helping alleviate hunger during th

e holidays for some of our most vulnerable children.

If you know a restaurant or cafe that you think could introduce a similar levy, let us know! We can help you talk to them to work out how to do it.  Or, if you’re interested in getting involved in any other way, then please get in touch – mel@gcda.org.uk.

We could not have run this programme this summer without the help of our amazing volunteers – a massive thank you to these incredible, committed, enthusiastic people.

 

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Children’s Centres get on board with Good Food!

We are delighted to announce that all the Children’s Centres in Greenwich have signed a pledge to support Good Food in Greenwich!  Thanks to the hard work of Alison Haworth at Public Health, and the children’s centres themselves, they have all come up with some excellent ideas for pledges to support the initiative.  The children’s centres have been part of an incredible award this year as part of the Unicef Baby Friendly Award.  In January this year, Greenwich was awarded Unicef Baby Friendly across all 3 services – Children’s Centres, Maternity Services and Health Visiting – the first borough in the country to achieve this award across all 3 services.

It is testament to the commitment of the Children’s Centres to the health and well being of their local communities that they work so hard to implement pledges that support their families.

The pledges range in nature but all involve working in their centres to be more healthy and sustainable.  For example, Storkway are promoting the healthy eating apps with parents, especially the Sugarsmart app.  Shooters Hill are introducing a food taster session in the Stay n’ Play, Alderwood and Greenacres will grow some fruit and vegetables in the stay ‘n play sessions and Vista Field and Eltham will waste less food and start composting.  Vista Field nursery is having 2 meat free days per week!

The Homestart Children’s Centres have pledged to start a small scale food growing programme in the ‘Together for Two’s’ programme and print off relevant menus for parents, while the East Children’s Centres will continue to offer sessions where families can cook from scratch and increase the amount of fairtrade produce they buy.

Cardwell Children’s Centre will encourage life-long learning about food and health, Pound Park will promote cooking cheap, healthy and tasty meal from scratch, Eglinton will support and encourage families to grow, cook and eat their own food produce and Mulgrave will promote cooking cheap, healthy and tasty meal from scratch.

We know that starting young is crucial to help install good habits in children, and these pledges mean these lucky tots will be learning about food and the importance of not only eating a healthy balanced diet, but also growing and disposing of food the right way from a very young age.  Involving families together encourages lifelong learning and is a great way for parents and carers to spend time with their children.

We are so delighted to have all the Children’s Centres signed up with us and would like to thank them so much for their support with Good Food in Greenwich!

If you work with a school, community group or business and would like to make your own pledge, please get in touch with mel@gcda.org.uk for more information and help with taking that first step!

 

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Greenwich Food Festival – 23 & 24 September!

We’re delighted to announce our first Greenwich Food Festival coming to Cutty Sark Gardens the 23rd and 24th September.  Right in the heart of Greenwich, we’ll be showcasing some fabulous new traders, as well as some of our fabulous established ones.  There will also be an opportunity to come and find out all about Good Food in Greenwich and what we’re up to in the borough. We’re always looking for more people to get involved and be part of this amazing movement and NEED YOU!!  As a borough, we’re going for our Sustainable Food Cities silver award this year, but we need more help! So, please come down and tell us if you’re involved in any projects or ideas revolving around food in Greenwich, or just if you think you’d like to be involved in some other way.

But the main event is the amazing food!  You can look forward to all these great traders:

Foxy’s Wood Fired Pizzas – does what it says on the tin

Olly’s Turkish – delicious Turkish delights

Chilli Station – Both meat-y and vegan-y options of hearty, scrumptious fayre

Brown Shuga Dumplin – tantalising Caribbean morsels

G-West – Super salads

Not a Sausage – showcasing for the first time these delicious vegan treats

Capocaccia – Come get your cheese and cured meats

Pastificio Mansi – Pasta to eat there or take away

Plenty – home-cooked take away meals so you don’t have to bother cooking for a couple of days

The Very Green Grocer – and pick up your weekly fruit and veg from the inimitable Mike!

Global Fusion – Vegan bakers

Fare Meals – food made from surplus to raise money for food poverty projects

In addition to these fabulous trader we’ll be hosting some cooking demos, food growing workshops and keeping our fingers crossed for a bee keeper too!  We’ll also be visited from FareShare and Charlton Athletic Community Trust!

So, come down, get your lunch and get involved in making Greenwich a fairer, healthier, more sustainable borough!

 

Workshops – art activities throughout the day for the kids

Cooking demonstration – how to make the most of your surplus! At 12pm and 1pm with chef Brian

Growing for life! – Come and plant seeds with our lovely Gary at 11am, 12.30, 2pm and 3pm!

Outdoor Yoga! – come and see us to find out when!