We’re thrilled to support a community cooking school in Sandbach that helps families eat well on a tight budget. Our backing has enabled Wild Salt Community Interest Company (CIC) to expand its reach and impact.
With our financial assistance, Wild Salt CIC has acquired essential equipment as it prepares to extend its services into Macclesfield in March.
Founder Esther Southern, a mental health charity worker from Sandbach, said: “The community cooking school provides free classes to families who access the local food bank pantry.
“The aim is to increase social inclusion, diversity in meals and empower every person who attends to be able to build a nutrient-dense plate of food.
“The results have been reduced sugar intake, decrease in loneliness and increase in families cooking together at home.
“The classes have enhanced understanding of flavour and what you can do with left over veg in the fridge. And the demand has been overwhelming, so much so we are expanding into Macclesfield in March once the venue is confirmed.”
The free classes, staged monthly at the Wesley Centre on Chapel Street, are funded by paid-for supper clubs and cookery events involving local chefs who support the project. Events in the pipeline include Japanese, Greek and plant-based cookery in Sandbach, Hale and Altrincham.
By topping up the funding pot, Esther has been able to buy more utensils for the classes.
Esther, 36, added: “We reached out to Mornflake explaining how we bring people together to have a laugh and learn how to use ingredients in creative ways. To get this funding, but also recognition from a well-known company like Mornflake is truly inspiring.”
Our Managing Director, James Lea, said: “Mornflake promotes an active lifestyle through sponsorship of many local sporting organisations. Sponsoring the free cookery classes is another way for us to support health and mental wellbeing. We were delighted to hear how they have improved local diets while helping to combat isolation.”