Torbay residents are being taught how to cook up healthy family meals on a budget in a community project to help their money go further and reduce food waste.
Sanctuary Housing is funding the Healthy Eating On A Budget classes for parents connected to Watcombe Primary School.
Totally Teenagers is running the weekly sessions at Combe Pafford School, where parents learn how to choose healthy ingredients, save money on food shopping bills by making dishes from scratch and plan meals with healthy portion sizes for the family.
The informative project also aims to help reduce the amount of food waste by showing participants how to make the most of the produce they buy. The average family with children could save £700 a year by throwing away less food, according to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.
New classes build on the success of a similar scheme that took place last year for parents at Combe Pafford School.
Lynne Roberts, Sanctuary’s neighbourhood partnerships manager for Torbay, said: “Feedback from residents on the previous project was really positive so we’re delighted to be running this new programme. The exciting classes are helping our residents develop valuable cooking skills and learn how to produce meals which are not only healthy but will allow them to save money and do their bit for the environment by reducing their waste.”
Sophie Hickey from Totally Teenagers said: “With Sanctuary’s support, we are able to increase Torbay residents’ knowledge of healthy eating and improve their cooking skills through these sessions.”
The project is supported by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.