National Food Train News
The latest news from the Food Train.
Food Train Director/Trustee Marsali Caig will be speaking about her experience serving the members of Food Train over the last 4 years and the forthcoming annual SCVO Trustees Conference in Edinburgh on 8th November. For more information on the event please follow this link http://www.scvo.org.uk/events/scvo-trustees-network-conference/
Meal Makers is an innovative neighbourhood meal sharing project brought to Scotland by Food Train. Modelled on the successful Casserole Cloub concept, Meal Makers aims to match up local volunteer cooks who can share an extra portion of their home cooked food with an older person nearby who is struggling to cook. This project went from idea to reality in less than 12 months and we're delighted to report over 60 volunteer cooks have already signed up with the first 2 meal shares happening in the last week. Two older diners in Dundee enjoed home cooked tatties 'n' mince and chilli con carne meatballs .... and the verdict was .... "delicious". To sign up or learn more about Meal Makers click on the MM Link above and you can also follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.
Between the 18 July and 15 August, Food Train held its first ever crowdfunding campaign. Over the course of 28 days, over £750 was raised. Aside from two newspaper articles on the campaign, all publicity and campaigning took place exclusively online, via Social Media.
The campaign received 45 contributions from countries all around the world. Although no contributions were received from them, the page was visited by people in Singapore, the Philippines and Egypt! This just shows the wide reach that online campaigns can have.
The money raised from the campaign is going to be put towards buying some brand new boxes. These boxes are used by our volunteers to deliver our customers weekly grocery shopping orders. They form a vital cog in the Food Train machine and it is great to have the funds to replenish our stock.
Thank you to everyone who made a contribution and shared the campaign on Social Media!
One week down, three to go. Food Train's first ever crowdfunding campaign has gone from strength to strength in it's first week. At the time of writing, the campaign has raised a staggering £470 of the £1,000 target. A massive thank you to everyone who has contributed so far!
The £1,000 being raised is to be spent on buying new plastic boxes for our volunteers to deliver our customers' shopping in. The boxes we use are a vital part of our service, and take a bit of a battering, so new boxes are always needed.
If you'd like to contribute to the campaign, please visit the Indiegogo page at http://igg.me/at/foodtrainneedsnewboxes. A contribution of £5 will help us to buy one brand new box, so please contribute what you can. If you're not able to contribute, please consider sharing the Indiegogo page with friends, family and colleagues!
This is the video we made to accompany the campaign:
In preperation for Befriending Week 2014, the Befrienders Network recently got in touch with Food Train Friends. They were looking to speak to a befriender and befriendee about their experiences.
Betty, one of our befriendees, and Colin, a befriender, spoke about their involvement with Food Train Friends and befriending.
Betty had this to say "I find it very, very helpful. I don’t think I could do without it to be honest.They’re very kind." You can read what else Betty and Colin had to say on the Befriending Network webpage, http://befriendingweek.org/test/older-people/the-food-train/.
Food Train proudly holds a Silver "Healthy Working Lives" award as an organisation. As part of this commitment to promoting healthy working lives, Food Train Staff are taking part in the annual "No Biscuit" Week!
The idea is that instead of having a biscuit at break time, staff will have healthy snacks like fruit and nuts. We'll see how everyone does over the course of the week. There are few biscuits fiends in the various Food Train offices, so it could be a long one for them!