Cracking Good Food
 
 

Our Story

 

OUR STORY  

Cracking Good Food launched in 2010, with the aim of encouraging and supporting more people to cook affordable, seasonal and nutritious homemade food from scratch. 

However the social and political landscape has changed significantly since 2010; more than a decade of brutal austerity politics has led to millions of people further into poverty causing record levels of hunger, homelessness and health inequalities. Furthermore we are facing a devastating climate emergency, an ongoing global pandemic and the consequences of Brexit. We are living in unchartered times and it is more important than ever to build strong, resilient and food-secure communities if we are to collectively face the huge challenges facing us as a society. 

Driven by our belief that EVERYONE deserves good food, our mission is simple: to work collaboratively with others to eradicate food poverty and increase food sustainability in Greater Manchester. During the Covid-related lockdowns we turned our attention to emergency food provision. Between March 2020 and July 2021 we harnessed more than 13,955 of volunteer hours and 34 tonnes of perfectly good food destined for food waste to cook, pack and distribute more than 99,000 nourishing meals for people at-risk of hunger and in need of support across Greater Manchester. Whilst we were extremely proud to support our community in this emergency situation, this sticking-plaster approach is not sustainable and does nothing to address the root causes of food insecurity. 

Now that lockdown condition s have lifted, we have returned to our original model.  We enthuse, encourage, and teach individuals and groups how to source and cook affordable, healthy, and tasty food from scratch, whilst minimising both food waste and our environmental impact.

We do this by delivering accessible and empowering cooking courses and training, as part of a wider campaign for affordable, sustainable & healthier food for all. 

Throughout all of our work, we strive to make sustainable, seasonal eating as affordable and accessible as possible.