Over 20 thousand Cambridgeshire children at risk of losing free school lunch

From the Soil Association

20,072 Cambridgeshire children aged 4-7 years will no longer receive free school meals if the proposals to axe universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) go ahead. This includes 2121 children who live in poverty. In the Cambridge constituency alone, 2761 infants would miss out, 357 of whom are in poverty.

A new school survey carried out for the Soil Association’s Food for Life programme showed that 37% of schools in England fear that their school meal service will close if the infants’ free school meals are slashed. This rises to 47% if it is a small school with its own kitchen [2].

91% of schools surveyed believe that pupil health and nutrition would be impacted by the potential withdrawal of free school meals for all infants. For many children this is the only hot meal they get in the day.

CSF is recruiting a freelance worker for our business work

CSF is looking for someone to continue our work with local food businesses, started in early 2016. The successful applicant will

• work with local small and medium-sized food businesses (SMEs) to sign them up to our pledge and award scheme

• work one-to-one with selected businesses to support them to reduce their food waste using new WRAP materials

• work with selected businesses to sign them up to the OLIO scheme (an app for giving away surplus food)

See the detailed job description here. Read more about our Pledge Scheme for Businesses here.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon on Monday 5th June. Interviews will be held on Wednesday 14th June.

Funding success: Sam Dyer appointed CSF coordinator

We are delighted to say that we have been successful in our application to Sustainable Food Cities for a £10,000 grant to appoint a coordinator for one year. 11 such awards have been made, with money from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and we are very grateful to both Sustainable Food Cities and to Esmee Fairbairn. A condition of this money was that we raise another £10,000 in match funding and we are enormously grateful to the 8 individuals and businesses who enabled us to reach this target.

We have appointed Sam Dyer as coordinator,

Cambridge Food Hub: crowd-funding appeal goes live!

Cambridge Sustainable Food’s most ambitious project is the Cambridge Food Hub, for which we are looking for funding and a suitable venue in or around Cambridge City. On Friday 4th November there was an invitation-only showing of a new short film about the Cambridge Food Hub Project at the Cambridge University Maxwell Centre, hosted by Jacqueline Garget of Global Food Security and Duncan Catchpole of Cambridge Organic Food Company (also CSF treasurer). This event, which was attended by Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner, sawthe official launch of the project’s crowd-funding Campaign.

Sustainable food eatery opening in Cherry Hinton

image-161x210On July 19th, Co at no. 15  will be opening its doors and offering an exciting mixture of food, coffee, baked goods to take away, and groceries. It is placing the focus firmly on sustainable and locally sourced food, and its guiding principle is ‘conscious living’ , hence the name. Co will be emphasising the best seasonal ingredients, and aiming to reduce its carbon footprint as much as possible. It will be open through the day, providing breakfast, brunch, seasonal specials, and coffee. In addition, it will be selling locally brewed beer, artisan bread, and fresh ingredients. Find them at 15 High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9HX.

Find them on  facebook

Swim the Cam fundraising event in Cambridge News!

swim poster copySwim the Cam, CSF’s exciting new challenge aimed at raising money for the Food Hub Project, was featured in the Cambridge News on Wednesday July 6th. The event takes place on Saturday 23rd July, starting at 11am.

The swim is 3.8 km from Byron’s Pool in Grantchester to Sheep’s Green in Newnham, Cambridge. Experienced swimmers are asked to register by emailing duncan@cofco.co.uk. CSF also needs stewards and other volunteers on the day. There will be a party at the finishing line from 12 noon, with refreshments from the foodPark collective.

Read more about Swim the Cam here and more about the Cambridge Food Hub project here. You can sponsor a swimmer or donate to the Food Hub project here.

FFLP Awards – Fish event

FFLP fish 1FFLP bagThe Soil Association’s Food for Life Programme held its awards event in Ely in June with 9 schools across Cambridgeshire receiving awards.  As well as a fantastic lunch provided by Cambridge Food Cycle there were four fun foodie activities for everyone to get involved in.  And it wasn’t just for kids: the councillors, headteachers, public health team and caterers all had a go!  My favourite was definitely the painting –  what a great way to engage kids with fish!  Could it be their first step towards eating it?

University Research project on sustainability

Volunteers are needed for a research project on sustainability which is taking place 6th-30th July at the City Council’s Mill Road depot.

The project is led by Anglia Ruskin student Shaheera Asante who is conducting the research for her MSc in Sustainaibility at the Global Sustainability Institute, and her thesis is on Communicating Sustainability through Household Waste Reduction. Her study aims to understand public perceptions of, and engagement with, sustainability, and this also includes considering the barriers to public engagement with sustainability, and which public messages and campaigns about recycling and reusing are successful, and which are not.

She is looking for volunteers who would be keen to share their thoughts on these subjects, and and she would particularly be interested in people from the 20-30 years age group in order to get a representative cross-section of the population. After a brief initial phone interview, a more detailed face-to-face interview lasting about one hour would be arranged to suit you, during the week and after working hours if necessary. The process should be an interesting one, and all data would remain confidential.

Please contact Shaheera by email:  sustainabilityresearch3310@gmail.com


Swim the Cam! Sponsor Cambridge Food Hub!

On Saturday the 23rd of July a group of intrepid swimmers are going to do a sponsored swim in the river Cam to raise money and awareness for the Cambridge Sustainable Food Hub project.
The Swim
The Swim is taking place on Saturday the 23rd of July, starting at 11 am. Swimmers will enter the Cam at the famous ‘Byron’s Pool’ in Grantchester, then swim through Grantchester Meadows and Newnham and on to the finishing point at Sheep’s Green, just off Fen Causeway, where there will be a little party. The total distance is 3.8km (2.5 miles).

Would you like to sponsor a swimmer?
If you would like to sponsor any of the swimmers or the event in general, just send us an email stating the amount you would like to pledge (duncan@cofco.uk). Alternatively, all participants will have their own sponsorship forms. You can donate online via JustGiving.

Would you like to participate?
Experienced swimmers are being invited to join in this exciting challenge. You can enter as an individual or as a team (with work colleagues, for example). We ask that any participating swimmers endeavour to raise at least £100 in sponsorship for the Food Hub. We would also be happy for you to split your sponsorship money if you also wish to raise money for a charity or cause of your choice. To register as a participant please read the ‘Health and Safety Guidelines’ document and then complete the Application form and email to duncan@cofco.co.uk. Once your application has been accepted you will be sent a sponsorship form, a free ‘Swim the Cam’ swimming cap (yours to keep after the swim) and further information about the event.