Hospitality and Hope, a charity that supports vulnerable individuals and families across South Tyneside, has received £3,000 in funding from the Newcastle Building Society, which it has used to create the initiative to make it affordable for families to cook healthy meals.
A recipe book full of healthy meal ideas and a slow cooker is included as part of the project – and the charity is already seeing people who have never cooked before in their lives and are excited about the food they can now make.
The project hopes to see at least twenty local families participate in the healthy eating initiative this year. It has also just opened its first community food store, which allows users to choose up to £15 of food for just £4.
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Brian Thomas, CEO of Hospitality and Hope said: “While we all love a takeaway sometimes, cooking with healthier ingredients is not only better for you, but also much less expensive, which is especially important for everyone right now. .
“It’s been great to get so much enthusiasm from the people who’ve been on the course so far, especially from those who’ve never cooked like this before and can’t wait to tell us what they’ve made and even send us pictures of what’s on the family menu today.
“This project would not exist without the funding provided by the Newcastle Building Society, and we hope it will have a positive, lifelong impact on the approach of dozens of local families to planning, cooking and eating their meals.”
David Pearson, Director of the Newcastle Building Society’s Denmark Chapter in South Shields, added: “Hospitality and Hope are a real beacon in our community and have a tangible impact on the lives of many local families.
“This is a simple idea that will have positive short- and long-term effects on our community, and we are very pleased to be able to help make it happen.”