Covid Shut-down Sparks Creative Cooking Delivery

For those of you old enough to remember 'Ready, Steady, Cook' with the green and red bags of ingredients, Brighton & Hove Community Kitchen's 'In the Bag' project will be a reminder of this fun cooking show.  

As Covid-19 swept through the UK last year the Community Kitchen's successful primary school workshop programme, funded by Fonthill Foundation, came to a rapid halt, along with everything across the country.

During the worst of the lock-down the central Brighton project, part of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, turned its focus to providing emergency food and meal supplies as part of the city wide 'food hub' programme.  However, as pupils started to return to the classroom the fantastic team behind the Community Kitchen began to think how they could keep the children they had been working with engaged in healthy nutrition and cooking.  They came up with the 'In the Bag' project.

Thanks to an agreed diversion of the Fonthill grant funding, the Community Kitchen team put together hundreds of home-learning cooking bags.  Providing all the ingredients needed to cook a delicious healthy meal, along with a recipe card with simple, family friendly instructions, in a recyclable bag.  And thanks to the fantastic volunteer drivers, these bags were distributed to children in schools across the area, to take home and cook with their families.

"Thank you so very much for the 'In the Bag' curries. They were fantastic! I have had some lovely photos sent to me of our children cooking and also requests from parents to pass on their thanks to you and your team.   In assembly today I talked about the curries with Years 5  & 6 - it was really great to hear how children enjoyed following the recipe and also how they tried something new too.  We are so grateful to you for these donations and very much hope that we can continue to be involved with Community Kitchen. A huge thank you from all of us here." Deputy Headteacher 

As schools begin to return to some level of normality, it is great to see the Fonthill funded workshops restarting and pupils returning to the Community Kitchen classroom in their Covid-safe 'bubbles'.  This is fantastic, not only for the children but the staff and team at the Community Kitchen project who have worked so hard to make this happen.  And whilst there is no alternative to the face-to-face fun and learning, the In the Bag project, was a great short-term idea to keep cooking and healthy eating on the home-learning agenda.

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