The Food Education Trust can provide a variety of help and support to various organisations. The Trust is happy to help any organisation that is seeking to promote the benefits of home cooking through its activities and thereby make people less reliant on processed food.
The Trust has in the past provided financial assistance for secondary schools and primary schools who wish to teach cooking skills to their pupils. Monies have been used to purchase cooking equipment, ranging from pots and pans to pasta machines, food mixers and cookers and fridges. Awards have been given to organisations which need to build or refurbish kitchens so that teaching can take place in appropriate, clean and safe environments.Expertise and advice can also be provided on how to establish cooking clubs for example or on how to teach cooking skills to young children.
The Training and Learning Company
The Training and Learning Company operates throughout Dorset and strives to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged individuals by providing the following: Basic cookery skills, food safety training, developing sustainable local community food initiatives based on the training and support for Community Food Champions in deprived communities and evolving additional training that will improve cooking and food safety skills in all age groups.
The £1500 grant awarded to The Training and Learning Company has provided vital cookery equipment for new series of cooking workshops called ‘Winter Warmers’ which will be delivered across Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole throughout February and March 2013. The Training and Learning Company is delighted with the funds received from The Food Education Trust as this donation has made such a difference to the company and the people it will benefit.
Caring for Life
The Food Education Trust awarded Caring for Life a grant of £500. This remarkable charity supports those who have “fallen through the net” of care, and have no one else to provide the support they need, including those who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness including young people from dysfunctional homes or who grown up in care having been the victims of appalling abuse and neglect in childhood.
The grant from the Food Education Trust has enabled residents of Crag House Farm, Tindall House as well as weekly individuals who benefit from the facilities and support at Caring for Life to gain much needed food education and basic cooking abilities within the Catering Academy Caring for Life Operates, which will assist with the development in equipping those with vital life and social skills.
“Caring For Life are thrilled to have received a donation of £500 from the Food Education Trust. This will provide a place on our Catering Academy for a vulnerable adult to learn essential life skills including how to prepare healthy meals.”
The Albany Centre
The Albany Centre is a pupil referral unit for 16-18 year old teens who have been excluded from mainstream education due to social, emotional or behavioural difficulties. The Food Education Trust has helped the Centre refurbish it’s kitchen so that all the students can take part in cookery lessons and provide their own lunches in the hope that they can start to appreciate the benefits and enjoyment derived from a healthy, balanced diet.
Welford & Wickham Primary School
Welford & Wickham Primary School in Berkshire benefited from a grant from the Trust to help build and equip a teaching kitchen in the school. The school wanted its pupils to learn about good food and home cooking.
The school's Headteacher had this to say about Food Education Trust, “The Food Education Trust has made a tremendous impact on cookery in our school. We had no cooking facilities in school until we were able to install a kitchen for the children to use. Now we have weekly cookery classes when members of the community come into school to cook with the children, we have a cookery club after school, and many children are also able to cook during curriculum time. Our new kitchen has also meant we can run a breakfast club for children before school. We are so grateful to Romilla for her support of the school and the cooking that she came in to do with the children. We have really benefited from the generous grant and would like to thank the Food Education Trust for the support they have given us and the difference it has made to our children.”
St. Mary's Primary School
St. Mary's School has benefitted greatly from the kind donation of cookery equipment from The Food Education Trust. It has allowed many more children to participate in 'real' cooking because we have good quality equipment to cook a range of food and dishes. The children thoroughly enjoy using the new equipment and have become more confident because of the increased frequency of use. Our children have also been fortunate enough to receive cookery lessons from Romilla Arber which has made a fantastic difference to the children's attitudes to food and cooking. The children are now much more open to trying new foods because of these sessions, much to the parents' delight, and they are always encouraged to do as much as they can themselves, teaching them very valuable life lessons that promote a healthy lifestyle. We are hugely grateful to The Food Education Trust for their support with the promotion of healthy eating and cooking in our school. Thank you.
Kirkbride Primary School
Kirkbride Primary School in Wigton, Cumbria have been very helpful and have produced a document with images of the pupils’ and testimonials (see attached). The school has also provided the following information:
1. The cookery club takes place every Tuesday 3:00 - 4:15 and lasts for 6 weeks (a half term).
2. We open it to different age groups e.g. this half term it has been Y3 (7-8) children next it's Y6 (10-11) etc.
3. The children make a mixture of healthy eating and treats for the whole family e.g Fruit muffins, vegetable pasta bake, vanilla biscuits, handmade sausage rolls, pizza calzone.
4. The ingredients are locally sourced and we use Fairtrade sugar etc. whenever we can.
Moortown Primary School
The equipment has been used throughout the key stages from Reception making soup to Year 5 & 6 making healthy flapjack. There is a cookery club every week which runs for 10 weeks. The electronic scales have made life much easier at the club and have allowed the children to be accurate in their measurements as well as having to decide which unit of measurement should be used.
Within cookery club the children have made muffins, pasties, biscuits, pizzas and much more. Within classrooms a few examples of dishes made are:
1. Reception & Y6 have used the pans to make soup and porridge
2.Y3 & 4 have made biscuits and healthy flapjack using the baking sheets and electronic scales
3. Y1 & 2 have made muffins and fruit kebabs using the sharp knives to cut up the fruit
Pupils have gained a great deal of knowledge using the new equipment: there is accurate measuring of ingredients along with food hygiene; safety in the kitchen and rules that have to be followed particularly when using the sharp knives - the children using the knives have been taught the claw method when cutting; combining ingredients has meant that science is explored in a practical and exciting way with an end product and most of all the children have experienced the enjoyment of cooking.
From a social aspect children have become more aware of the needs of others in that they have learned that by swapping certain ingredients children with allergies can then enjoy the same experiences. This has then provided links with healthy eating and a balanced diet.
Norman Street Primary School
The Food Education Trust Grant has enabled our school to be equipped with table-top induction hobs, pans, bowls, utensils and even a wonderful storage trolley on wheels. This means that the children can have cookery lessons with ease now. Everything is in one place and easily accessible and transportable to whichever classroom needs it. We are able to use practical sessions to bring home the benefits of healthy eating as well as educating the children on simple food preparation techniques.
We hope to run a weekly cooking session after school every week but this still depends on interest and funding for perishables. Since purchasing the equipment cakes, buns, biscuits, soups and even a two course meal have been prepared.
As the staff realise how much we can now do, I envisage more and more use of the equipment.
This equipment has made a huge difference to the school and will continue to into the future. Our up and coming Multicultural week is packed with food sessions using foods from around the world; all thanks to the FET. Our planned Cookery Club is now possible thanks to this funding.
The Clere Secondary School
Clere Secondary School in Berkshire was given a £2800.00 donation, enabling them to replace essential cookery items with brand-new modern cooking equipment, which will not only greatly assist the pupils’ in their lessons, it will also mean that children will no longer have to wait to use utensils, saucepans, knives and blenders to complete each dish made in every class. Thanks to The Food Education Trust, there is now enough vital equipment for each class to run smoothly and efficiently. “We cannot thank The Food Education Trust enough for their generous donation. The funding has enabled the Clere Secondary School to purchase much needed cookery apparatus that will greatly improve the quality of each lesson. Thanks to The Food Education Trust, we now have enough resources will be able to accommodate more children who choose Food Technology as part of their G.C.S.E’s.” Enthused Cheryl Wheeler, Food Technology teacher at the Clere Secondary School.