Throughout July and August we delivered 9 Family Cooking Sessions at St James the Great church in Bexley. With the sessions being funded by the Coop we had families attend every session prepping, making, learning and eating. Each day we made 3 tasty dishes, most of which can be found on our Recipe page here, and had periods where the families learnt about food packaging, healthy eating initiatives and current apps to assist them with eating a more balanced diet. In total we had 97 people attend these sessions, with the children coming from a range of local primary schools now hopefully being able to take back what they learnt and share it with their friends and family.
We will be talking to the families again in November time to see if they have been able to make any long lasting changes to their diet and most of all, are more mindful about food in general. Our big focus during the sessions was to encourage families to cook more from scratch, reduce the amount of sugar, salt and fat in their meals and most of all, understand the journey in how food comes to be in their kitchens.
We would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers at the church for being generous and understanding in our endeavours, Lewisham market stall holders for supplying 90% of the food plastic free and to the Coop for believing in our intentions for healthier communities. Most of all we’d like to thank all the families that attended throughout the summer as this would not have been possible without you.