Just 10 months after our study tour to London, Mealmakers, based on one of the initiatives we met, the Casserole Club, launched in Scotland on 4 August. After months of hard work, Food Train proudly launched this new neighbourhood meal sharing project that uses an online platform to connect volunteers of any age who have a passion for cooking and want to be active in their communities (Cooks), with older neighbours over the age of 55 (Diners) who would appreciate a home cooked meal. Once a Cook and Diner have been matched the Cook will prepare an extra meal and deliver it to their Diner at a time agreed by both parties.
The project, sponsored by the Scottish Government and the Rank Foundation, which has been launched as a pilot in Dundee, aims to reduce food poverty and malnutrition, improve diets and combat social isolation by breaking down the barriers that lead to loneliness.
If you would like to sign up as a cook or a diner, visit www.mealmakers.org.uk or contact 0800 783 7770 / Hello@mealmakers.co.uk
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