At FareShare Greater Manchester, our commitment to fighting food poverty and reducing food waste extends beyond providing surplus food to the charities that we support. We believe in empowering individuals with the skills and knowledge they need to make the most of their resources. Thanks to generous funding from Salford CVS, we recently completed a 4-week low-cost cookery course in Salford, a project that showcases our dedication to fostering self-sufficiency and sustainability in the community.
Held at Oasis Community Hub, our cookery course brought together nine participants eager to learn from our talented chef, Kala. The primary goal was to equip these individuals with the skills and techniques necessary to prepare delicious, nutritious meals on a budget. We also aimed to teach them the art of minimising food waste and maximising the use of leftovers.
Empowering Our Participants
As the course came to a close, we wanted to ensure that our participants could use their new skills at home. Each individual received a complimentary slow cooker, hand blender, and a ‘pantry pack’ full of essential cupboard items, such as herbs and spices, rice and pasta, and tinned tomatoes and pulses. These tools will simplify meal preparation and enable them to cook meals without using large amounts of energy. The blender can be used to create soup from leftover vegetables.
We have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our participants. The majority indicated that they had learned how to prepare healthier meals with reduced salt and oil content, as well as reducing waste by creating side dishes from leftovers, such as bhajis made using cauliflower leaves!
We will be taking on a new cohort of participants in November, equipping even more local people will the knowledge and tools they need to create affordable, nutritious meals.