James Barlow, ADM Agriculture’s head of seed, donates 1 tonne of flour to local community bread making scheme.
Jodi Carter-Davies, an active member of the local community and an initiative called The Vale Market Cafe, explains how the flour has been used:
“The cafe is a volunteer led initiative that encourages locals to meet once a month over a cup of tea and a bacon roll, whilst also offering the opportunity to buy a selection of fresh local produce. Unfortunately, the cafe had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 lock-down, but we were contacted by the baker who supplies bread to the monthly cafe, to see if we would like to continue offering fresh bread to the community. As a group we jumped at the idea, as not only would we be able to keep in contact with our neighbours, but as a community, we would be supporting a small local business.
Since the 21st March I have coordinated a bread order and delivery service, operating twice a week. Flyers have been delivered to all households with details of how our community can support each other through this difficult time. We also included information on the bread delivery scheme for those who don’t have online access.
The initiative has gone from strength to strength, with other communities getting in touch to ask how they can set up similar schemes. So far, we have distributed over 700 items of bread and have delivered bread to at least a quarter of the households in our Parish!
The donation of flour by ADM Agriculture was a very welcome gift. We have a number of keen bakers in the village, as well as parents baking with their children, so when we sent out the communication to say we had received the donation, there was a flood of positive responses. Now lots of sour dough starters are being passed around and left on doorsteps, along with a plethora of different recipes. When the lock down is lifted, we will hopefully have a village bake off.
Thank you to James Barlow who organised the donation in response to our bread delivery initiative. It really has had a positive impact on the community. Volunteers have been busy bagging up the flour in separate locations for distribution, including a six-year-old girl with her mum, and the Chair of the Vale Market Cafe and his wife, who are both retired”.