Community cooking sessions support £5 meal challenge

Published 9 June 2014

Young mums from across Wakefield have been learning how to cook healthy and inexpensive dishes in preparation for a ‘feed your family for a fiver’ challenge.

Organised by Wakefield Council, families are asked to plan, prepare and cook an evening meal to share and enjoy together, spending no more than £5 on ingredients.

To encourage participation, cooking sessions have been held at community venues across the Havercroft, Ryhill, Walton and Crofton areas with attendees learning how to prepare meals including a home-made curry, fish pie and lasagne. The events have been supported by WDH and South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Jane Gwilliam, WDH Tenant Involvement Officer, said:

“The challenge is a bit of fun, and it encourages families to lead healthier lifestyles. Cooking good food on a budget is easy to do and is a useful life skill to have, which is why we’re delighted to be able to support this.”

Emily Jones, an 18-year-old mother of one, has been attending sessions at Havercroft Children’s Centre. She said:

“The sessions are great and I’ve enjoyed making all the meals from scratch. I’ve tried different vegetables, bought them at the supermarket, and now I’m much more adventurous with my family’s food.”

The feed your family for a fiver challenge takes place on the 19th June.




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