Community Food Stop Blog

Blog By Amanda Morrison: Volunteer at the Community Food Stop

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Amanda – Community Café Chef Blogger!


Monday 14th May 2018

Hi to you all! What a super sunny day it was – we were very pleased with the turnout at the café today. As you were aware we were short of Volunteers today, so I hope you all enjoyed our alternative menu. The selection of sandwiches seemed to go down well with everyone. A massive thanks to you all for your patience today, it was really appreciated. Thank you also to two of our customers…. Joan and Kathleen, who offered to help us out on the day, as we were so short staffed.
Now that the nicer weather is approaching, we will only be offering a hot main course until the end of May.  As from the first Monday in June, we will have our summer menu, with lots of lovely salads and baked potatoes. Beverley and myself are in the process of choosing the items for the new menu, so keep a look out for the summer menu on our face book page.

Beverley and Helen are off to the Royal wedding, in Windsor, this weekend and I’m sure they will have a wonderful time. I’m looking forward to hearing all about it on Monday, and I’m sure you will be too.

Looking forward to seeing you all again next week, and a quick reminder that all takeaways must be placed by 11.30am and picked up by 1pm.


Monday 30th April 2018

Well Monday’s café was definitely a little busier than last week’s. Can’t believe we ran out of food yet again!!!
Seriously maybe our portion sizes are getting bigger (only kidding). To have no food left is what we aim for, but remembering we still want to feed everyone who comes. So apologies to those who didn’t get the opportunity to have lunch with us. We will try harder next week by increasing our weekly food order.

Thank you to everyone who commented on our menu this week, I have to admit it did look amazing, even if I say so myself!
By the number of “likes” on our Facebook page, our menu sounds very popular for next week. We are expecting another rather busy day, which will keep us on our toes. Hoping to see you all again next Monday.


Wednesday 18th April 2018

Hello again, yet another busy day at the café. As you might have noticed we were a little short of volunteers this week. So, apologies for any waiting you might have experienced. Despite being short staffed, the day turned out well. We ran out of soup and main meals, so we might just have to make a little more for you all, in future. It was lovely to see the mums and little ones back again after the Easter holidays.

Liz, Beverley, Doris, Betty and Andy did an amazing job covering for me, whilst I had to nip out for an appointment. Thank you so much. Hoping to see you all next week for our delicious lunch menu.

Tuesday 10th April 2018

Hi to you all. Firstly, let me apologise for not blogging, over the last few weeks, as we have had some technical problems.
As you might have noticed I have been absent from the café, over the last 2 weeks, as I was unwell. You will be glad to hear that I am fighting fit again and ready to continue providing you all with your Monday lunches. Thank you all for asking after me it really cheered me up.

A massive thank you to rest of the volunteers, for covering for me whilst I was off ill. As they say the show must go on.
So, we have a lot to catch up on. As some of you might not be aware, David Gibbons is no longer volunteering at the Community Food Stop. Unfortunately (for us) he was required to attend college, on a Monday. We would all like to say a massive thank you to David, for all the laughter and his hard work! He will sadly be missed by both café volunteers and customers.

Image of the Volunteers at Come Dine With Me
Image of the Volunteers at Come Dine With Me

We also had a little bit of a party for volunteers, past and present. We called it our “Come Dine with Me” event. Everyone made a dish of food and we all had fun trying out new things. The food was amazing! Having to do the dishes at the end wasn’t much fun, however, the company was fab!

What else has been happening? Beverley and myself reached the end of NHS Scotland, Community Food and Health’s, Evaluation Programme. The programme was really interesting and informative. I have learned so much, over the past few months, from all the different types of community cafés, across Scotland, that participated in the programme. NHS Scotland will be holding workshops, in the foreseeable future, for other Scottish community cafes to attend, in order to share the evaluation programme’s outcomes, with them.

Let’s not forget Easter Monday. How amazing did our Easter bunnies look? They really brought a smile to my face, as I’m sure they also did to the customers.

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Wednesday 21st February 2018

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Fish Pie






Hi to you all. We had another amazing day at the café, I hope you all enjoyed our fish pie today?  I have not cooked this for a long time. You were all so kind with your remarks and comments. One of our customers gave me a 10/10 which was very much appreciated. This gives me the inspiration to try new recipes. Our carrot and coriander soup was also big hit with you all. I would love to hear from you, at any time. I hope some of the photographs give you an insight to what we do when preparing for the café each week.

On 21st February I will be continuing work, facilitated by NHS, Community Food and Health Scotland to participate in a community cafe evaluation programme. On completion, an evaluation template will be implemented, for future use, by all Community Cafes across Scotland. In the past six months I have also visited three very different cafes in Glasgow and Edinburgh, as part of the evaluation programme. This has been very enlightening to discover what other services are available in Scotland, for people living in food poverty/insecurity or social isolation.


Amanda's first year anniversary









Wednesday 7th February 2018

On Monday 5th February I celebrated a year of volunteering at the Community Food Stop.  It’s been hard work but lots of fun; I have cooked over 2,400 meals over that time for our local residents and for people from neighbouring communities.  To be appreciated by all the other volunteers and staff is an amazing feeling.  I am looking forward to another busy week.

Pop in for a cuppa and a chat or better still come and have lunch at the Community Food Stop Café in Bonar Bridge Community Hall.  Don’t forget we are now advertising our Monday recipe on the Community Food Stop Facebook page.  Give it a go at home and let us know how it went.  We are always looking for new ideas for recipes!  If you have any suggestions or comments then please contact us through Facebook.

To find out more about volunteering click here.