Meal delivery service raises crucial funds for Rowcroft
One year on from its launch to raise vital funds for the hospice by delivering ‘deliciously satisfying’ handcooked frozen meals to people in their own homes, Devon Farm Kitchen has plenty to celebrate! Not only has the social enterprise been awarded a prestigious Taste of the West Gold Award in the online retail category, it has gone from strength to strength having more than doubled its delivery area, introduced new gluten-free dishes and delivered over 20,000 meals to happy customers across the region.
Delivery area expanded to over 500 square miles
Currently based in the kitchen at Rainbow House in the grounds of the hospice, Devon Farm Kitchen specialises in delivering exceptional frozen meals throughout South Devon. Since it was established a year ago, it now delivers across a huge area stretching from Tavistock in the west to Teignmouth, Exminster in the east, Salcombe in the south and Okehampton in the north and including the whole of Dartmoor.
A valuable service for the community
Nearly 20,000 meals have been delivered to date fulfilling an important service for local people, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, who may be unable to prepare healthy meals for themselves. All profits from Devon Farm Kitchen go to support the hospice in caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.
Gold award from Taste of the West
Manager Joe Bradshaw says: “We’re over the moon about how far we’ve come in our first year, and we’re thrilled with our recent gold award. The Taste of the West Awards recognise the very best food and drink producers across the South West. The judges described our website, communication, delivery and the quality of our meals as ‘excellent’ and after just a year of trading this is a fantastic achievement for the team here at Devon Farm Kitchen.
“We’re so proud of everyone who worked so hard to make this happen. We’d also like to thank our amazing customers for their incredible support in purchasing our deliciously satisfying frozen meals and helping to raise vital funds for Rowcroft Hospice.”
Local and sustainable
The meals are handmade in small batches by Devon Farm Kitchen’s own chefs in their Torquay kitchen using the finest produce sourced directly from Devon’s farmers, fishing communities and other local producers. The menu boasts a mouth-watering selection of tasty soups, starters, mains.
The meals are delivered on ceramic plates in cardboard packaging that’s 100% carbon neutral, fully compostable and 100% recyclable. The plates are washed by the customer and returned to the driver on the next delivery.
Taste of the West’s feedback
Commenting on the meals, the Taste of the West judges said: “When delivered, the quality of the meals was excellent. We had six different main meals, one soup and three desserts. They all looked well presented, the real plate was a nice touch, and we really enjoyed all of the food we ordered. All of the meals were great value for money.
“The meals used local produce and their local suppliers were well advertised both on their descriptions and in the ‘about us’ section on meeting the suppliers.”
Taste of the West has been promoting and supporting the South West food and drink industry for 30 years and is the largest independent regional food group in the UK serving Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.
Further information about Devon Farm Kitchen
Visit Devon Farm Kitchen’s website to find out more about the meals or to place an order, or telephone 01803 217 477.