Over the last few weeks our team has been working round the clock on ways in which we can provide support to as many people as possible living in food poverty both in the U.K and around the world during this crisis.
In keeping with the proactive way in which we’ve been fighting food poverty since 2014, our response includes:
Providing 5 million free licenses to our online Cooking & Nutrition Portal
Our Cooking & Nutrition Portal provides people with cooking tips, nutrition advice, an interactive meal planner, budgeting support and lots of recipes that we’ve developed over the years in our community cookery school. We will work with any charity in the U.K. or the rest of the world that would like to provide free access to people they support. Email [email protected] for further information and to arrange a demo.
Donating all remaining stock to our foodbank drive
In light of the cancellation of all market events for the foreseeable future, we’ve started to donate all the rest of our stock (tinned food, soup, pasta, soap etc.) between the foodbanks we regularly support at market events in Manchester & Cheshire. This will take us over the 10,000 donated items milestone, not in the ‘buy one, give one’ way we expected, but in a manner that’s needed at this time.
Adapting our catering service to deliver meals door to door
In the holidays we usually batch cook food at events in Oldham where pupils on free school meals attend and get a hot, nutritious meal. Subject to confirmation, we’ll be batch cooking portions that will then be distributed door to door or stored safely at community venues for collection.
Launching free online cookery workshops
We’re adapting the way we deliver our pubic cookery courses so that people can join us in the safety and comfort of their own home. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to be the first to find out further details in the coming weeks…
In order to maintain our proactive fight against food poverty in the coming months we will need your support more than ever before!
If you are in a financial position to be able to support us, you can do so in the following ways:
1.Make a donation towards our ‘Back the book’ crowdfunding campaign which is running until Sunday 5th April at midday! Here’s the link:
2. Become a member of our community cookery school and get access to our online recipe portal, invites to exclusive member only events and discounts to merchandise in our online store. You can sign up here:
3. Order a copy of the original Secret dishes from around the world hardback recipe book! It’s full of exciting vegetarian and vegan dishes from different countries – all proceeds go towards the development of our non-profit community cookery school that supports communities in Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales:
4. Order a gift voucher! These can be put towards our public cookery courses in Manchester and Cheshire, our Secret Supper Clubs and all the other exciting events that we’ll be running when this is over. From today, all gift vouchers sold via our website will be valid for 2 years which will give us a much needed cashflow boost in the short term and you plenty of time to join us in future. You can order your vouchers here via our online store:
There are also countless opportunities for volunteers to support us remotely. If you’d like to help in this way, please email [email protected] and let us know of any particular skill sets you have/aspects of our COVID-19 response you’d like to support us with and we’ll go from there.
Together we will overcome this virus. In the months ahead we will continue to do everything we can to help as many people as possible with the proactive approach to fighting food poverty that has defined the development of our community cookery school since day 1. Thank you for your continued support!