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Local Food Links Ltd

Bridport school meals

Children tuck into locally sourced and produced school meals

Local Food Links use local produce to make hot meals for schools in the Bridport area of Dorset.

The Making Local Food Work funding helped them increase their outlets so that by the end of the programme 23 schools and 5 nurseries were being supplied. In addition they began to supply meals to day centres serving elderly people.

Over the course of the funding over 380,000 meals were served containing local produce and Local Food Links worked with 27 local producers.

 A report on the development of this work explores the challenges and opportunities that the project faced.

In February 2009, the service was awarded the Catering Gold Mark under the Soil Association's Food For Life Partnership scheme. It was the first supplier in the country to get this award. One of the criteria for the award is that at least 50pct of the ingredients used have to be locally sourced.

Catering for elderly people

Local Food Links also used its funding under Making Local Food Work to adapt the model they have developed for school catering to deliver catering services to elderly people. By the end of the programme over 3,000 meals had been served to elderly people.

Local Food Links: the first 10 years: A review of the development of Local Food Links by its former director and one of the founders of the Bridport Centre for Local Food. The report charts the development of the organisation from the trading arm of a charity to an independent organisation focussed on service delivery. It gives a fascinating account of the successes and challenges faced by the project and provides food for thought for anyone in the community food sector.

For more information please contact Clare Horrell at clare@sustainweb.org

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