An organisation which manages Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall is to continue tackling food poverty in the county by encouraging people to cook for themselves thanks to a successful online fundraiser.
Cornwall remains one of the most disadvantaged regions in Europe, with several wards in the 10% most deprived in the country.
In a bid to help tackle local food poverty issues, Cornwall Food Foundation has appealed to the public and raised £40,000 to expand its FoodWorks programme.
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The scheme is a community cooking programme which teaches people how to cook fresh, affordable and nutritious food from scratch. FoodWorks says it focuses on the whole person, integrating practical training with personal development support to achieve healthier eating habits, personal development and improved employability.
Matthew Thomson, CEO of the Cornwall Food Foundation, said the aim of the internet crowdfunding campaign was to empower local residents to achieve healthier eating habits and improved job prospects.
He said: “We believe food skills are life skills that can help people in Cornwall improve their wellbeing and their job-chances. We are thrilled that crowdfunding has allowed us to pilot, test and roll out the FoodWorks programme across Cornwall.”
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He added: “The success of the first fundraising campaign gave us the confidence to use the Newquay-based Crowdfunder.co.uk platform again to extend the programme’s reach and produce a ‘FoodWorks bible’, so the initiative can be adopted in other places in the UK.”
Dawn Bebe, director and co-founder of Newquay-based Crowdfunder, said: “FoodWorks gives some of the most disadvantage and vulnerable people in Cornwall the opportunity to make the most of the food they purchase, increase their confidence in creating affordable, healthy meals and, ultimately, eat a more balanced diet.
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“This project supports those at risk of having a poor diet, which could be due to several reasons, for example, an elderly widower who suddenly finds himself needing to learn how to cook after losing his wife could benefit from FoodWorks.”
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Source: Cornwall Live