We are delighted to have been granted £198,976 from the Morrisons Foundation to help us set up the Something to Eat, Someone to Eat With campaign and also expand existing services at the Farm Enterprise, to helps disadvantaged families and homeless young people reconnect with their local communities. As a result of the Foundation’s support, we have been able to:
- Increase growing capacity at the Farm Enterprise, supporting the farm community and providing additional income for our local work
- Launch a new tea plantation to expand the product range and provide more work experience opportunities for community residents
- Run two good food good health training courses which help people to design and deliver their own cooking class programmes
- Improve the eating and meeting spaces where out staff, volunteers and residents congregate for meetings, breaks and lunch
- Set up a new communal lunch club at Cyrenians Fareshare and Food Education depot
In addition, we have used the grant to run two vans which re-distribute surplus foods from supermarkets and restaurants across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The expanded service means more local families can benefit from the fresh food donations made available through local charity partners.
Vicky recently attended a Cyrenians’ Good Food Good Health training course. She said: “This has really been such a lifeline, helping me move on and giving me continued opportunities to volunteer or learn with training has been brilliant and it’s come at a really important time. It’s been life changing.”
Another training course attendee, Jimmy, said: “I take the menus I’ve been given each week from the course to help me do my shopping and help me decide what stuff I want to cook. I’ve not had a takeaway in the 3 months because I can make it cheaper, I can make it better and you know you’re the one who’s made it so it’s brilliant! And now I’m going to help with the Community Cook Club so my time with Cyrenians has helped me but now I can start giving back to other people too.”
The Morrisons Foundation was set up by Morrisons supermarkets in 2015 and receives most of its funding from the sale of single-use carrier bags. Since launch over £10 million has been donated to charities for local community projects which help to improve people’s lives.
Sam Burden, Morrisons Foundation Specialist, said: “We are delighted to help Cyrenians develop the Something To Eat, Someone To Eat With programme in West Lothian, which will provide food for local families and give many people the chance they need to help find their way in life.”
The Something To Eat, Someone To Eat With campaign came to life after volunteers found that people were often reluctant to cook from scratch for themselves but were willing to learn recipes if they were preparing a meal for others.
Marlyn Bald, Programme Manager, said: “Once you make growing and cooking a sociable activity, people start to enjoy it and learn new skills. Already this programme has trained 11 staff and volunteers from Cyrenians and other charities to enable them to deliver cooking classes, creating a rippling effect along with another 16 clients who have benefited from learning basic cooking skills. All of us at Cyrenians thank the Morrisons Foundation for this life-changing support of our Something to Eat, Someone to Eat with programme.”
June 22nd 2017