A close up of a pan of food being cooked over a gas flame

Virtual cooking club provides a year of square meals for Bristol families

As many as 60 families could benefit over the next year from free food kits and an online cookery course being run by Bristol’s cookery school, Square Food Foundation and Sovereign Housing Association.

The organisations are working together to provide free weekly DIY meal kits to Sovereign residents for the whole 2021-22 academic year. The packs include pre-weighed and measured ingredients, a recipe and a cook-along video tutorial presented by a cookery teacher, and enticing recipes include Singapore noodles, mac n cheese, black bean quesadillas, pancakes with leeks and ham and vegetable pasties.

Daisy Mummery, Community Development Officer for Sovereign, said: “These sessions will go live on 21 September, with Sovereign residents in Bristol able to sign up now for the first six weeks’ worth of food boxes – providing them with a delicious family dinner each week until 26 October. There are ten kits available each week, and anyone who misses out will be put on a priority list for next term.”

Those who sign up will need to collect their weekly cooking kit from Knowle West Children Centre, on a Tuesday, between 1 and 3pm.  

The course is running thanks to £5,000 funding from Sovereign’s Your Community Your Choice project, which is currently open for more applications, and provides funding for projects that improve outdoor spaces in Sovereign communities.

Daisy continued: “Having the time and energy to think up new dinners is often exhausting for busy parents, with fresh ingredients seeming more pricey or inaccessible than processed foods. This course not only provides a great way for families to spend time together, but could also ignite a passion for good food and cooking in budding junior chefs.” 

Charlotte Fife, one of Square Food Foundation’s cooking teachers said: “Square Food’s virtual cooking club was born during lockdown as a way to keep families making proper square meals while they were stuck at home. We can’t wait to make the virtual cooking club available to Sovereign’s residents.” 

To learn more about the work Square Food Foundation go to www.squarefoodfoundation.co.uk.