Made In Hackney Community Meals & Cookery School

by Sarah Bentley in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

We fight hunger with nourishing free meals and provide joyful cookery classes that inspire people to grow, cook and eat more plants.

by Sarah Bentley in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

At Made In Hackney our mission is to tackle health inequalities, food access, the climate crisis and bring communities together using the power of plants. 

We work across cultures and communities to ensure everyone can adopt a climate friendly, health-supporting, compassionate diet. 



Provide thousands of emergency plant-based meals for households across Hackney in need of food support. 

Provide critical food education in the form of online and in-person classes that give people the skills to grow, cook and eat more plants. 

We strive to do all the above with joy, respect and collaboration. 

Each year we directly work with 5000 people and influence over 40,000 people to change their diet to improve the health of both people and planet. 


About Our Community Meal Service 

“Before the meals started arriving we hadn’t had any food in the house for three days. Without the service we’d have been in dire straits.” Ann, meal service recipient 

We believe everyone should have access to enough nutritious, tasty food of their preference.

The UK has more than enough food for everyone to be well nourished. But the reality is 8 million people go hungry on a daily basis. This is wrong.

Our meal service tackles this injustice with nutritious, plant-based, culturally representative meals delivered by cycle couriers to our community members who need it most.

The meal service was launched in March 2020 as an emergency response to the COVID19 crisis. But as our community still urgently needs support with food, we continue to cook and provide this critical nourishment.  

Today our in-house team of chefs and volunteers prepare over 1200 meals a week with input from our community meal service family on what dishes they’d like to see on the menu each week.

Our service is more than a meal. It’s care, it’s connection, it’s community. 


About Our Community Cookery School 

“Made In Hackney’s cookery classes changed me and my family’s life. Now I have more confidence to cook with fresh ingredients we all eat much healthier and feel so much better.” Sue, class participant 

Watch a video about out cookery school here. 

Learning to cook and eat more plants is one of the most impactful things you can do for the health of people and the planet. 

Our joyful, culturally diverse cookery classes support people to evolve to a plant-centred, planet friendly diet in an inclusive and enjoyable way with delicious, nutritious food at the centre of all we do. 

Having the confidence and skills to cook meals from scratch is a vital tool in tackling food poverty, child-hood obesity and lifestyle related diseases such as diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular disease. 

We’ve seen first-hand the positive impact it can have with class attendees lowering their blood pressure, having their type 2 diabetes go into remission, curing chronic bowel complaints, supporting recovery from eating disorders and even learning to cook for the first time age 82 after the loss of a partner. 

Our classes are available both in-person and online and we work with a range of community groups from young carers and young people in care, families, pensioners, people with long-term health challenges, hostel residents, people in recovery and other community groups. 


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