Food. It's at the heart of families and communities and something we all need, but it can be expensive and the increased demand of the summer holidays can prove a real challenge for many. Our GGT summer newsletter is dedicated to food in communities, (request a free copy now), but here's a few insights to what some of our amazing community partners offer in the holidays and beyond.
Food, fun and pea soup
Monday is the Munchday
Another of our community partners All Pulling Together (APT) in Stonehouse run the Neighbourly Food Project, which also makes food collections from local supermarkets available to residents, uploading photos of deliveries to Facebook. Volunteers from APT are also available to talk to people about any additional support they might need. They also run a 'Munchday' every Monday when anyone can call in for a hot meal and a drink for a donation of £1.
Also on a Monday, our community partner Fair Shares Gloucestershire runs a lunch club at Chequers Bridge Community Centre. Participants can help with the preparation and cooking, or set the table or wash up - there's a role to make everyone feel involved.
We like to encourage our children and young people to experiment with food, trying new tastes and textures, but we also do lots of training and skills development so that they are equipped to cook simple meals. These are great life skills for them to have. Food is also used for creative purposes. We use it to make food masterpieces like pizza faces that can then be cooked and eaten and we turn potatoes and carrots into people! This helps us to reduce waste as food that we cannot cook is used for art."