Researched and written by Henry Dimbleby and released in 2021, the National Food Strategy presents a range of recommendations for a fairer, more equal and more sustainable UK food system. We believe that the recommendations represent a ‘bare minimum’ of what needs to be done to alleviate hunger and increase food securities amongst the communities in which we work, but we whole-heartedly support their implementation into policy at the earliest possible opportunity.
The following Key Recommendations are supported by our projects and services:
Our educational programmes for schools offer a fun, engaging and accessible opportunity for young people to engage with cooking-from-scratch and to learn more about sustainable food systems. Our team of knowledgeable nutritionists and canny community cooks are experts in delivering our ‘good food messages’ to empower young minds to make positive food choices.
This summer, we partnered with Life Leisure in Stockport to deliver more than 2900 healthy packed lunches and freshly-cooked hot meals to children from low-income households during the school holidays. This video illustrates some of the many reasons it is imperative that the HAF programme is extended: https://youtu.be/VXz88f1RuJk
Our Veg-Up! project, which was piloted in Salford and Stockport this summer, exactly fits the proposed brief ‘to provide targeted healthy eating support for people on low incomes’. The project aims to break down the barriers that stand in the way of people including fresh fruit and vegetables in their diet by providing free veg-bags, community cooking classes and accessible recipes. Participants are also linked in with other local support services and learning opportunities. 68% of the households we supported with Veg-Up! cooked more meals from fresh ingredients as a result of the project. Furthermore, 73% of households reported that they had tried new fruits and vegetables throughout the project which they now continue to include in their diet. You can read more about our Veg-Up! project and its impact here.