Young parents in Banbury celebrated National Pizza Day by serving up some delicious dishes as part of a healthy cooking project.
With support from Sanctuary Housing, the Banbury Healthy Cooking Skills Project helps teach people how to create healthy, nutritionally-balanced meals from scratch.
National Pizza Day took place on Friday 9 February and, to celebrate the iconic Italian dish, a special cooking session was held at Rachel House, a supported housing service for young parents managed by Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL).
Working with a tutor from the project, residents learned how to prepare and cook their own pizzas, using fresh ingredients and a wide range of healthy toppings.
As well as encouraging people to live healthier lifestyles by cutting down on ready meals and takeaways, the project also teaches cooking on a budget and helps participants reduce food waste by showing them what they can do with their leftovers.
Sheila Jault, from the Banbury Healthy Cooking Skills Project, said: “Many people want to learn more about the food they eat and how to cook healthy meals for their families and just need a helping hand to get started.
“Practical sessions like this help increase people’s confidence in the kitchen and demonstrate that they can enjoy their favourite foods while still eating healthily. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we certainly served up some very tasty results.”
Healthy Cooking Skills sessions have also been held at SSL’s Banbury Foyer, which provides support and accommodation for young people aged 16 to 25, as well as for older residents and local community groups.
Kate Winstanley, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager, commented: “The health and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance to us and we are delighted to support a project that teaches them valuable new skills and has such a real and positive impact on people’s lives.”
This project is funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.