Cooking and food insecurity: case studies

Community Food Initiatives delivering cooking courses may find that some participants are experiencing food insecurity. For many initiatives, supporting people in difficult circumstances is part and parcel of what they do. These case studies demonstrate issues such as: how those most in need can be recruited, how cooking courses can be adapted to suit people experiencing food insecurity and signposting people to other sources of support.

Elgin Youth Cafe

Recruiting people experiencing food insecurity to attend cooking courses Elgin Youth Café is a third sector organisation that aims to create a safe haven, social space and development opportunities for young people. Projects include a youth café, after …

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Action for Children

Sourcing low cost, healthy food locally The Action for Children Family Centre based in Kelloholm, Dumfries and Galloway, provides a range of facilities and activities for families with young children in the area to support the wellbeing of the families …

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Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE)

Linking in with other organisations CFINE is a social enterprise and charity operating from a hub in Aberdeen. It undertakes a range of food and health activities including running a food bank, selling low-cost produce in local communities, operating F …

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Identifying and reaching people who may be experiencing food insecurity John Casey works as a Health Improvement Practitioner for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and has a remit for the south of the city. His role includes managing a range of ‘Get Cookin …

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Edinburgh Community Food

Adapting recipes to suit the group Edinburgh Community Food is a third sector organisation undertaking a range of food and health work. As well as running and supplying food co-ops across the city, it does a range of development and promotion work,  in …

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