We believe everyone should have access to good healthy food. We also believe that everyone can be encouraged and supported to have the necessary confidence and skills to cook from scratch, using healthy ingredients to make meals efficiently and sustainably.
Isolated groups and people living alone are less likely to cook from scratch and research shows that, in the wake of the C-19 lockdown, many 'forgotten' people, some of whom may still be shielding or feeling nervous, are unsure about how to resume normal life. We will be targeting two groups who may have had their support networks weakened or be feeling particularly lonely at this time.
Through a series of Zoom workshops we will be bringing people together through food and cooking.
Participants will learn about; good, sustainable nutrition; the importance of cooking from scratch and the benefits to mental and physical health; the financial and environmental benefits as they become more aware of food waste and how to manage food efficiently by planning, shopping, storing and freezing. We aim to encourage and empower participants to eat a diet with a high nutritional value, lower salt, sugar and saturated or trans fats, while increasing consumption of fruit, veg and fibre.
Each week, via on-line Zoom live workshops, we will cook a healthy meal together whilst interacting and exchanging ideas such as listening to tips, questioning methods and discussing nutrition and food shopping. We all eat together at the end and participants will be given recipe cards to keep so that they can repeat the meal just made.
Out target groups for these workshops are people with learning disabilities and families on a low income.
These groups will be supported by Winchester GoLD and local Winchester charities that support families.
Why do we need it?
Research suggests that being able to cook has a major influence on people’s ability to make healthy food choices. It is also true that having the confidence to cook from scratch, without necessarily using a recipe and being able to omit or add or substitute ingredients, helps families to prevent food waste and be able to manage the food budget more effectively.
We also know that cooking and eating together as a family provides time for social interaction, giving children and parents a chance to connect, unwind and release after school and work. Families eating together is known to improve academic performance, cognitive development and mental health.
The Caroline Walker Trust suggests that there is considerable evidence that people with learning disabilities are more likely than those in the general population to have nutritionally-related ill health and that this is less recognised by support staff and professionals working with LD individuals than when it occurs in the general population.
Tried and tested.
Outcomes from our pre Covid Grub Club programme (after school cooking clubs with parents and children) show that children; "take more of an interest in fruit and veg, try new foods, experiment more at mealtimes"and their parents think more about; "shopping and cooking in a different way, think about how to waste less, offer smaller portions, and get to know more recipes.”
Outcomes from our recent Zoom cooking programme with Winchester GoLD saw participants trying new foods (spinach, couscous and sweet potato), learning new recipes, comparing nutrient values from shop bought sauces versus homemade sauces and learning about safe storing and freezing.
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