Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Big Lottery

Esmee-Lottery-logosFood for Families, funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and Cook & Eat on a Budget funded by the Big Lottery.

Our Food for Families (FFF) projects, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Big Lottery, help families on low incomes improve their confidence and skills in shopping, planning and preparing healthy meals from scratch on the tightest of budgets.

Our Let’s Get Cooking team train staff and volunteers from community organisations and food banks all over the UK. Once they’ve been trained themselves, they are able to deliver our programme to local families experiencing food poverty.

The programme aims to get families cooking and learning together in an informal and fun environment. We encourage families to share their own experiences and skills, so we cover topics like healthy eating and budgeting sensitively and with an emphasis on practical solutions.

This project gets results. Evaluation from the initial stage found the fruit and vegetable intake of families who took part increased by 70%. 100% of the families said they used the skills they learnt to cook at home with 80% getting their children involved in cooking at home.

If you’d like to find out more about these projects or want to get involved, please contact us.

Did you know?

  • The Trussell Trust reported 1 million people used their services during 2014/15, a record breaking amount and a 19% increase since 2013/14?¹
  • Volunteers running food banks and advice centres report that a lack of cooking skills and confidence make the situation worse for many families facing food poverty²
  • Food prices in the past five years have risen by 32%, meaning that families often turn to ready meals and cheap, highly processed food products. ³

² Children’s Food Trust Consultation with Local Authorities, Food Banks and Housing Associations, 2013
³ Research collated by the Guardian, November 2012: