Cookery school celebrates tenth anniversary – with its More than a Meal Appeal

Pictures courtesy of Square Food Foundation

This month (December) Square Food Foundation celebrates ten years of tackling food poverty and teaching people to cook healthy food from its home in Knowle West.

To mark this milestone, the cookery school based at The Park is launching #MoreThanAMeal – an appeal to raise vital funds to reduce hunger, improve health and bring people together. 

Claire Allen from Square Food says: “Food insecurity is a very real challenge, faced by thousands of families across Bristol. During the pandemic, visits to food banks in Bristol tripled and this need shows no sign of slowing…”   

The organisation wants to raise £20,000 over 10 days from Thursday 2 –  Sunday 12 December  – enough to teach 1,000 adults and children to cook in 2022 – and needs help from the public to reach its target.

Thanks to match funding from major donors including Nick Campsie and Burgess Salmon, the first £5,500 of donations will be doubled.

During lockdown – Square Food cooked and distributed more than 26,000 meals to local families at risk of going hungry.

Square Food founder, director and cookery teacher Barny Haughton with some of the meals prepared for local families during lockdown.

The charity says funds raised now will help to “tackle food poverty at its root” – by teaching people cooking skills, supporting them to become more confident in the kitchen and equipping them with the knowledge they need to access and prepare good food.

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