Developing Community Food Skills Using Recipe Kits

June 22, 2021 12:19 pm Published by

At Food Newcastle, we’re passionate about ensuring everyone in Newcastle has access to healthy, affordable and sustainable food. Our Good Food Plan aims to achieve this through 6 key areas including ‘Theme 3 – Building community food knowledge, skills, resources and projects’.

Recipe Kits

We’ve partnered with Food Nation to provide recipe kits to local people, to encourage families to cook-from-scratch.

Recipe kits provide fresh and seasonal ingredients alongside recipe cards and online cooking tutorials. A different recipe is available each week, including a mix of main meals, breakfasts and desserts. All recipes are based on 4 portions so ideal for families, or smaller households can save half for another day.

Most importantly, each weekly recipe kit concentrates on well-balanced tasty meals and good nutrition, alongside low cost and easily accessible ingredients.

Take a look at our video of Food Nation preparing a Recipe Kit for local people to make a delicious Summer Vegetable Pesto Pasta.

Community Hubs

With more households experiencing food insecurity as a result of Covid-19, it continues to be important to find ways to provide food, whilst ensuring people build their long-term resilience. These kits are helping build skills, confidence and experience of using new ingredients and cooking from scratch.

Using our network of community organisations across the city, we’ve established a number of community hubs, to allow people to collect a recipe kit from a nearby location.

To help people find our collection points we have been sharing videos of the community hubs on our social media pages, including this one at Fenham Library.

And finally, the staff and volunteers within the community hubs have been helping us identify households that could really benefit from this project. Many families have commented on how much they are enjoying making the recipes, and eating the meals.

To stay up to date on this project, and the community collection hubs follow @FoodNewcastle and @TheFoodNation on social media.

This project has been made possible thanks to funding from Sustainable Food Places (via Esmée Fairbairn Foundation & The National Lottery Community Fund).

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This post was written by Emma Mould