Exeter Community Food Network was set up in 2014 as a forum which brings together almost twenty organisations in and around the city concerned with local food projects and making healthy, sustainable food available and accessible to all. These include voluntary sector organisations, local authority partners, educational initiatives, faith communities, food sustainability projects, neighbourhood growing schemes and emergency food providers. By working with one another we are able to share ideas and resources, develop new activities and promote the good work already happening
We are currently developing two new projects: a Summer Cookery School to address dietary needs of children/families who are dependent on school meals which are not available during the summer holidays, and education about nutrition, preparing food, cooking, etc.
The second is a scheme to collect surplus fruits and other foods from parks, gardens, fields in the city and redistributing this through to community groups which address poverty related to welfare changes.
We are able to access ongoing supplies of good free food for both these and in the future they should be sustainable with stronger voluntary support.