Towcester community kitchen wants to get people cooking

A Northamptonshire housing association is doing its bit to help local people stretch food budgets by launching a community kitchen in the area.

South Northants Homes (SNH) has transformed an unused caretaker’s bungalow on the site of Towcester CE primary School into a kitchen to rival the best custom built kitchens Cheshire has to offer. The culinary space was recently opened with the help of the school’s pupils, who sang a range of food-related songs to mark the occasion.

South Northants Homes worked in conjunction with local building companies to completely transform the site, changing it from a two bedroomed home into a huge kitchen, where tenants can learn how to cook nutritious food, no matter what their budget might be.

The kitchen project was put into action after volunteers at the local food bank noticed that some of the ingredients it was giving out were being left unused. It was decided that cooking classes would be helpful to those on low budgets, showing them how to use certain inexpensive ingredients. It was set up in conjunction with the housing association’s Life Skills project, which aims to teach tenants the skills they need to maintain their tenancy.

Speaking about the kitchen, Kelly Ednie, a support officer, said:

“We have identified a real need for this while working with local foodbanks and hopefully teaching people how to cook proper healthy meals will help food parcels or people’s budgets go further.”

The kitchen is set to be used by SNH tenants once a week, with schoolchildren being taught there the rest of the time.

Posted by Peter
November 8, 2014
Community kitchens

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