In 2012 we raised the funds to support a programme to teach 1500 people to cook. Working with individuals, companies, schools and community groups we were able to pass on critical skills that will enable people of all ages to cook basic staple meals, allowing them to have much more choice about eating healthier – it was an incredible programme and we are proud to say that we raised £50,000 in total! As we move into year 2 it’s all go and this year – we’ve upped the game!
‘Wasting Food is like Stealing from the Poor’ - words from the Pope quoted in June 2013 summing up what he calls a ‘culture of waste’. Moreover, as the cuts due to austerity continue to impact across the city, Liverpool is no different from elsewhere, where poverty and access to good food and therefore avoiding waste becomes of greater concern.
The circumstances that we work to resolve are endemic and the evidence below emphasizes the importance of educating people through cookery and food waste training:
So – we campaign to raise awareness and present solutions that can be delivered in partnership with funders, supporters and activists who want to make a difference to the food people choose or are forced to eat and ensure families are resilient, able to manage and have some sort of control over and ability to adapt to increasing food prices and the circumstances in which they live.
With the funds raised – we will be training over 4000 people across Liverpool to cook healthy, affordable and home-cooked meals and in doing so – improve the health and wellbeing of the whole family unit. We will inspire and train people to cook and to go further re-using food and in doing so - change how thousands of people view cookery and waste; they will want to cook and they will understand how, by cooking alone, they can maximise their household budgets and release their dependency on packaged foodstuffs. We will also put the full findings of our work with those who can influence local/national policy.
This year we have a head start – having already raised £30,000 to get us started. We are looking to work with Companies and Organisations, Schools, Registered Charities and Voluntary Organisations and Individuals to help us reach our final target!
For more information on how this years campaign will roll out, how to donate or get involved – visit our Campaign and Training pages.
This years Campaign kicked off at our Food Poverty Conference – a day of action to put everything into context – discussing the causes of food poverty, and facilitating a wider policy debate about why poverty occurs and what can be done. We will hold this conference every 4 months until a strategy is in place and actions are set to tackle this massive issue.
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