Cracking Good Food
 
 

Our Community Programmes

 

OUR COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES 

If you would like to commission one of our services for your community, please email gemma@crackinggoodfood.org 

'Pantry Pod’

Our ‘Pantry Pod’ scheme is designed to inspire and support shoppers at food clubs, pantry schemes and affordable food hubs to cook nourishing meals from scratch using the ingredients directly available to them. Using our portable kitchen set-up and affordable ingredients our experienced and approachable team showcase simple and effective cooking skills and share top tips, accessible recipes and pre-loved kitchen equipment sourced form our ‘Kitchen Kit Call Out’.  

In 2021, we ran Pantry Pods at the Woodley and Bridgehall branches of Stockport Pantries, as well at a number of The Bread & Butter Thing Hubs. The Pantry Pods also provide a great opportunity to highlight events on the health calendar such as Nutrition & Hydration week and to engage the community with relevant messages. 

Contact gemma@crackinggoodfood.org for more information and bookings. 

Bespoke classes, workshops and demos 

Whether it’s a community soup-making session with older people, a spooky Halloween themed workshop to reduce pumpkin waste or a cooking and nutrition demonstration for a professional audience – we can provide the perfect session for your community packed full of our ‘good food messages’ such as how to reduce food waste, nutrition (informed by our in-house Nutritionists),sustainability, affordability and more. This year alone we have delivered sessions for Manchester International Festival, Longsight Greenification, Stockport Homes Community Day, the Royal Conference of General Practitioners, Incredible Education, Wythenshawe Games and many more! 

 Contact gemma@crackinggoodfood.org to request a quote.   

 

Spice Up Your Online Cooking! 

This 7 week online cooking course is a great way to keep teams and communities connected. Originally designed to support people throughout Covid lockdowns, we have seen that the benefits of connecting and engaging people through online cooking extend into ‘normal’ times too. This course, perfect for larger teams or housing association residents, provides the following: 

  • 7 different spices/herbs delivered by post to create 7 wholesome dishes which can be frozen.
  • A microwavable container to save a batch of your wholesome dish for tomorrows’ lunch or dinner!
  • 7 weekly easy-to-follow recipe cards which contain information to boost your skills and knowledge
  • A shopping list of ingredients
  • Tips and ways to reduce food waste for each dish
  • Personalised recipe cards to include details of your local support networks
  • Access details for the ‘Vimeo’ online cooking sessions (also emailed to each participant).

Contact tracey@crackinggoodfood.org for more information 

COOKBank

We deliver our day-long COOKBank training course to groups of people who wish to develop a good food culture and to reduce food insecurity in their community. The aim is to support people to tackle the barriers communities face when accessing, cooking and budgeting for affordable nutritious food. Taking a ‘train the trainer’ approach, the course aims to empower participants with the practical skills and knowledge to increase resilience to food insecurity within their community. We have delivered the course to Housing Associations, Community Groups and the NHS. 

Everyone deserves good. 

What’s included? 

  • We define ‘Good’ Food & why it’s crucial for our health & well-being.
  • We discuss and help overcome the many barriers to cooking healthy food from scratch.
  • We discuss & implement resourceful & creative solutions to food poverty by cooking creatively & going through store cupboards to increase community resilience as the pandemic, Brexit, austerity and climate change make our food supply more fragile. 
  • We look at the bigger picture of food (in)security, the power of marketing and food waste 
  • We discuss ways in which you can set up a Cracking Good Community cooking club.
  • A hearty meal! You will deliver a cooking workshop to each other incorporating these messages at the end of the training.
  • The COOKBank e-manual provides a robust reference guide beyond the course to enable graduates to coach team and community members to develop the skills and experience needed to work within their community setting.
  • Certificate of Achievement for each participant 
  • Most importantly, the inspiration to see how you can instil a flexible, accessible and affordable ‘good food culture’ into your community - because everyone deserves good food.

Contact tracey@crackinggoodfood.org for bookings and more information 

Basic Food Hygiene and Allergen Awareness Level 2 Training 

This accredited one-day course is great for anyone looking to work in catering and hospitality or community cooking. You will be taught a mixture of practical and theoretical skills by our experienced and commercially trained Cooking Leaders to increase your knowledge and confidence around food safety, as well as your employability in the sector. The course is taught in small groups in a community venue – or if you have a suitable space, we can come to you. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion.

‘I am grateful with Cracking Good Food for included me in this course. I feel more capable of achieve more thing in the future and this course inspire me to carry on in the catering and hospitality industry.’ Kenny 

For prices, bookings or more information email gemma@crackinggoodfood.org