Fun, Fab and Frugal - project update
The Number 1 Community Centre in Hatfield has successfully engaged 56 families in a project designed to improve low income families’ skills to cook more economically and healthily.
The project – funded by the child poverty project grant and run in conjunction with the food bank – reached nearly double its initial target of families and helped to build confidence and social inclusion, as well as giving practical advice on recipes and healthy ingredients.
Debbie MacCormick, the project leader, commented that “The main attraction appears to be the fresh food ingredients being given away to support the recipes being tasted and demonstrated. For example, fresh ingredients such as brassicas, legumes as well herbs and fresh fruits. Small bags and packages of flours, fats (such as butter), oil, vinegar, sugar and spices have been prepared and given away to encourage attendees to try new and fresh dishes. This has proven to be very popular.
Families who have taken part in face to face feedback and those who have returned to the centre have followed up with how they re-created the recipe at home and how they have enjoyed making the dish with the family at home. They have shared how the family accepted or rejected the recipe!”