Bingley Community Kitchen began with a desire to help needy families to eat nutritious meals through the ‘Cook and Eat’ sessions organised during the Summer Holidays. It is now developing into a space where families on a low income can learn and explore the world of food as well as find meals that are quick, easy and healthy.
There are so many reasons that feeding the family a healthy meal is a challenge, and that challenge is different for each family: sometimes it’s time and energy, sometimes it’s from a lack of inspiration or knowledge, and sometimes it’s access and affordability. Whatever your reason, BCK is here to support you in your journey toward your best relationship with food.
Our Community Kitchen works to address as many of these challenges as possible through a range of activities including cooking classes for inspiration and knowledge.
Over the coming months once the pandemic is over, we will inspire families identified by the Bingley primary schools to cook a variety of healthy nutritious meals on a low budget as well as providing food parcels where these are required. In addition, we are planning to provide in the future social activities for the lonely and isolated older people within the district.
The way ahead
Children living in areas of high deprivation are: more likely to die in infancy or childhood; more likely to be injured at home or on the roads; more likely to be subject to safeguarding/child protection measures; less likely to be breastfed; more likely to be obese; more likely to have problems with oral health; and more likely to die younger as adults.
Therefore, our children and family activities will focus on supporting children and their families to eat well through a wide range of activities, including but not exclusively, on
- cook and eat sessions,
- providing food parcels with recipes,
- online cooking sessions.
Once the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted we will include
- on site cooking lessons,
- food hygiene courses,
- activities families identify through ongoing surveys, and
- social activities for the lonely and isolated elderly people within the Bingley District.