Praise for Plymouth charity sending food to hungry, not landfill
A COUNCILLOR has commended the work of a local food charity.
Councillor Brian Vincent visited Devon and Cornwall Food Association (DCFA), based in Stonehouse, which distributes food that would otherwise go to landfill.
The charity gives the food to organisations and community groups who feed disadvantaged people in Plymouth.
Cabinet Member for the Environment, Cllr Vincent said: "I was delighted to get the chance to look at the work this organisation is doing to help food get to those in the city in need of it.
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"As a society, we waste a shocking amount of food, so it is good to see an organisation tackle this issue head on and come up with a terrific solution that benefits not just those who struggle to put food on their plates, but helps protect the environment by keeping tonnes of waste out of landfill.
"It is great to see a building owned by the council put to good use as a distribution point. "The association is building up a strong level of support, be it in kind, financial and food from organisations and companies in, and surrounding Plymouth. It is a prime example of how working together can have a big impact – not just for individuals but the city as a whole. Hats off to them and long may they continue to keep up the good work."
Charlie Taylor from DCFA said that the visit was arranged so that Cllr Vincent, who was joined by Mike Carroll from Plymouth City Council, could learn about the work DCFA has done in the local community and across the city.
She said: "By arranging for in-date food to be diverted away from landfill, DCFA Plymouth had saved those organisations which feed the disadvantaged over £80,000 by the end of 2012. As we don't charge for the food we distribute, this is money that can be better spent on the core aims of those organisations that we support. Both Councillor Vincent and Mr Carroll were very supportive of the work being carried out by a small but dedicated group of volunteers from all over the city."