Families in Rochford got creative with food this half-term by taking part in activities designed to help children get their five-a-day.
The volunteer-led sessions, which are funded by Sanctuary Housing, teach food preparation skills to young people and aim to encourage healthy eating.
The activities took place at Hawkwell Baptist Church, where food preparation stations and autumn themed arts and crafts tables were set out at a safe distance from each other.
Parents enjoyed watching their mini chefs hard at work using cooking equipment for the first time, while adequately supervised by volunteers, to produce dishes including fruit skewers and vegetable and cheese kebabs.
Fresh produce was donated by the Hockley Co-op and no food was wasted as families took home what they did not eat.
Organiser, Councillor Julie Gooding, said: “It was great to see the children enjoying their new sense of responsibility, carefully dicing and slicing and becoming more adventurous with food.
“Everyone can feel a bit stuck for ideas at mealtimes, so it was great to see families leaving feeling inspired to make food go a bit further during the holidays.”
A parent added: “Having fun with food is a fantastic way to way to get the children to eat their five-a-day and it has given me some ideas for teatime.”
One of the children who took part in the session said: “I have really enjoyed being able to use a sharp knife on my own and being trusted to make my lunch.”
Chris Silvey, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “This project is a great opportunity to empower young people to make healthy choices around food and teach life skills in a fun and engaging way.”
To find out more about future sessions, please contact Councillor Julie Gooding by calling 07720053435.
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.