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Now food bank aims to show how to cook
9:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A COOK-your-own initiative is to be launched by Ledbury Food Bank to encourage local families to eat more cheaply and more healthily.
Demand for the food bank has risen to new heights, with stocks running as low as they have ever been.
Latest statistics are still being compiled, but as far back as May up to 80 people a week were benefiting from the service, which is now set to expand its operations into new areas.
Thanks to a £3,000 grant from the charitable Eveson Trust, food bank volunteers are set to offer cookery lessons to clients, with the money going towards ingredients and basic tools.
Volunteer Liz Wreford said: “My personal ambition is to get people cooking, because I think they will find it makes economic sense, and it is healthier too.”
The food bank does stock some preserved and processed foods, such as tinned meat, but the new initiative will put the emphasis on fresher produce for cheap and nourishing meals.
The cooking sessions are set to start soon, but the date and place are still to be confirmed.
As well as food, the volunteers are also distributing household essentials to the needy, including furniture, bedding and children's buggies.
Mrs Wreford recognised that some would-be clients are confused by the voucher based system.
She said people with children aged eleven and under should make enquiries at Ledbury Primary School or the Children’s Centre.
Anyone over 50 can make enquiries for vouchers at Age UK.
But anyone outside those categories can make enquiries at Ledbury Town Council offices, Church Lane, every Wednesday morning from 9.45amto10.45am.
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