This month in the Be Well Blog, we look back at our popular Eat Well programme, which sought to fight both social isolation and food poverty.
This post is adapted from an article in this month’s Bugle. You can read the full article and all the other great content from the July 2021 edition here.
When two young local chefs became concerned about rising levels of food poverty and food waste and the need to fight social isolation the Eat Well journey began.
Eat Well Glossop is the brainchild of James Bouchier and Vicky Murphy, who, seeing the scale of in-date supermarket food being sent to landfill, set out to change the world (or at least that bit of it local to them).
Sourcing main ingredients from FareShare (a national surplus food distributor) and backed by a team of amazing volunteers, Eat Well Glossop started planning, preparing, cooking and serving delicious meals for anyone who wanted to come along.
As Vicky remembers, “Our first event was in November 2017 and we had fifteen customers. People were as likely to eat alongside complete strangers as their neighbours and the whole point was social eating in a friendly atmosphere. There was no charge for the food, and donations went straight to providing the next meal. Before long we were running three sessions a month with 50 to 60 customers per meal.”
However, with the chefs’ growing workloads elsewhere, it was decided to “mothball” Eat Well in early 2020 and bring it back when we could.
And now, thanks to a National Lottery grant, we can! The team has been reconvened over tea and cake and everyone is keen to stay involved. Details are yet to be worked out but we want to involve older people and young children, as well as using produce from Glossop Community Allotment. We are, indeed, cooking with gas.