Unused pots and pans wanted in Plymouth to help those in need

L to r: Tami Skelton, Alan Hunt, Cllr Chris Penberthy, Darin Halifax and Brad Pearce

By Plymouth Herald | Posted: August 14, 2015

By SARAH WADDINGTON Herald Reporter @sarewaddington

DO YOU have any pots and pans lurking at the back of your cupboard not being used?

A pots and pans amnesty is being held in Plymouth all weekend as part of a council initiative to get more people cooking fresh food. On both Saturday and Sunday, volunteers in a marquee outside Plymouth Guildhall will be welcoming anyone wishing to give their cupboards a clear out.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cities of Service ambassador for Plymouth, said: “The pots and pan amnesty is a great opportunity to make use of unwanted items; recycling them so that those who need them can use them.”

Plymouth City Council was selected by the Cabinet Office and Nesta as one of only seven cities in the UK to take part in the Cities of Service programme – Our Plymouth being the name of the local project.

Our Plymouth has delivered 6,000 portions of fresh fruit and vegetables to families in need; helped more than 600 food bank users access fresh food, and helped over 500 families through its ‘Energy Champions’ scheme.

Another branch of the initiative is ‘Grow, Share, Cook’, which is all about getting volunteers to grow more fresh fruit and vegetables and distributing food to those in need.

“As a cooperative council we believe Our Plymouth is a great vehicle to help us achieve our aim to create a fairer city where everyone does their bit,” added Cllr Penberthy.

Darin Halifax, chief cities service officer for Plymouth, said: “The Fairness Commission identified that people in Plymouth need help to access healthier food and Our Plymouth was set up in response to that.

“In addition Thrive Plymouth, the ten year plan to improve health in Plymouth, identifies an unhealthy diet as one of four lifestyle behaviours – along with smoking, excessive drinking and inactivity, that together lead to 54 per cent of deaths in Plymouth.

“We can help change this by encouraging people to grow and cook their own fresh fruit and vegetables, and making it easier and cheaper for people to do this.”

He added: “We are also still always on the look-out for volunteers for Our Plymouth so please do get in touch if you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.”

For more information on opportunities to volunteer for Our Plymouth, contact Darin Halifax on 01752 305446 or email darin.halifax@plymouth.org.uk

The Our Plymouth website can be accessed at www.ourplymouth.co.uk

Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Unused-pots-pans-wanted-Plymouth-help-need/story-27609677-detail/story.html#ixzz3j0t6e6B2

Flavourfest 2015

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The Food Is Fun marquee has been on BBC Spotlight South West twice this week! Today they came in to see children picking their food and cooking it in the marquee with our chef Chad from Channa Kitchen … and an interview with Tami!


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The Plymouth Show


National Allotment Week 2015 and Flavourfest 2015

The Food is Fun team are working with “The Plymouth Show” and “Flavourfest 2015” this year to bring you an activity fun filled week! You can find us outside the Plymouth Guildhall in the new Community Village celebrating National Allotment Week. As a partner of the Grow, Share, Cook Project we will be offering children’s activities including cooking demonstrations aimed at families with children.

Come and try your hand at planting seeds or harvesting vegetables from our pop-up allotment. Join our chefs in cooking fresh local produce and making tasty dishes. Or maybe you fancy scarecrow making or wellie boot painting and planting? There’s fun for all the family in the Community Village. Parents can take the weight of their feet with tea and cake from the pop-up café while listening to talks from local experts in allotment management, bee keeping, wood carving, growing for show, keeping chickens to name but a few!

“The Plymouth Show” is in the Guildhall on 12th-13th August and is open to all with the National Vegetable Society on hand to help. The week kicks off at 10am on Monday 10th August with Councillor Brian Vincent (environment portfolio holder) opening the event. Breakfast will be cooked and prepared by none other than Plymouth’s very own Michelin starred chef Jacques Marchal.

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Photos copyright BBC South West, Food Is Fun and The Plymouth Show 2015

Amnesty for old pots and pans

Amnesty for old pots and pans

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: August 08, 2015

A ‘POTS and pans amnesty’ is being held in Plymouth as part of the Grow, Share, Cook initiative to get more people cooking fresh food.
The event has been organised via the Our Plymouth volunteer scheme in partnership with Plymouth City Council, Tamar Grow Local, Food is Fun and Plymouth Community Homes. You can take down your old pots and pans to the Grow, Share Cook marquee which will be outside Plymouth Guildhall from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August from 9am to 5pm on any of the days.

The aim of the amnesty, is to encourage local people to get rid of their surplus, unwanted pots and pans and donate them to help others who can’t afford them.

Read more: http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/Amnesty-old-pots-pans/story-27565843-detail/story.html#ixzz3iXhpqh4c

Operation Hospital Food

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We recommend watching James Martin’s excellent series trying to improve food in hospitals (“Operation Hospital Food with James Martin“), and also the national campaign “Campaign for Better Hospital Food“. Our friends Chris and James Tanner were involved helping James to improve the food in Cornwall

I recently experienced some local hospital food – I can’t fault the staff, they do a good job, but the food I experienced was sadly bland and unappetising … and comes (I believe) from an external company.