Healthy Cooking On The Bus

COOKING ON THE MOVE drawing youth crowds wherever we stop

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Seeds for Growth charity is seeking £25,000 to purchase a single decker London bus and convert it into a mobile kitchen to train young people how to cook healthy food for themselves, family and friends.

POOR DIET RELATED ILL HEALTH
We are based in Tower Hamlets where many residents have long-term health conditions, including diabetes and heart problems, often related to not eating sufficient fresh and healthy food. Alongside, the poor diet causes obesity – local children are the 4th most overweight in the UK.

REASEACH
We spoke to young people at youth clubs and in the streets and 84 completed our survey which demonstrated low numbers with cooking skills and the majority very keen to learn.
Only 14 of 17% were confident in the kitchen.
Of the 84 people 57 or 68% wished to attend cooking classes.

TARGET PARTICIPANTS
Youths and people under 30 tell us they have not learned from their parents, or at school, how to cook. So, when they purchase food it is seldom fresh healthy and inexpensive fresh vegetables to cook. Lack of confidence in the kitchen results in their diet being based on unhealthy fast food and unhealthy readymade supermarket meals.

70 or 83% of the young people whom we surveyed are dependent very regular consumption of unhealthy and fattening ‘fast food’.
18 or 26% consume fast food or supermarket meals 3 times a week.
23 or 33% consume fast food or supermarket meals 5 times a week.
29 or 41% consume fast food or supermarket meals 7 times a week.

COOKING CLASS IN THE COMMUNITY
We shall take our healthy cooking classes to the community by parking the mobile training bus near sports centres, housing estates, shopping centres, underground stations, bus stations, youth clubs, places of worship and community centres, etc.

FREE CLASSES will include many topics such as:
Quick Meals ▲ Food for One ▲ Bread Making ▲ Delicious Vegetable Food ▲ Healthy Cooking with Meat ▲ Children’s Food ▲ Low Cost Cooking ▲ Vegan Cooking ▲ Healthy Cakes ▲ British Food ▲ Bangladeshi Food ▲ Jewish Food ▲ Cooking for Eid ▲ Cooking for Christmas ▲ Party Food, etc

Training will be provided for participants who wish to enhance their skills, and perhaps work in the food sector, to acquire food hygiene qualifications.

FOOD for WORK
The participants who wish to gain work in the food sector will be invited to volunteer to cook and sell food from the bus at community festivals, etc.

BENEFICIARIES
14 people trained in each cooking session.
4 sessions per week x 48 weeks per year = 2,688 participants.
Estimate that each participant cooks sometimes for at least 2 other people so there would be 8,064 beneficiaries.

LASTING BENEFIT
The 13,440 people trained over the first five years would pass onto their partners, children and friends their skills and enthusiasm for healthy and inexpensive home cooking and so provide health benefits for a very large number of people.

Over 5 years, based on each participant cooking for two other people, there would be 40,320 beneficiaries who would all be eating healthy freshly cooked food and thus the incidence of poor diet related ill health, obesity and long-term sickness would decline.

FULLY EQUIPPED KITCHEN
16 cooking hobs
2 ovens
Microwave
Fridge
Freezer
Teaching area
Toilet
Kitchen sink and hand washing sinks.
Power from solar panels – silent on board electrical generator – two huge gas canisters.

BUDGET
£25,000 to
 purchase the bus
 convert it into a kitchen
 purchase and install the kitchen equipment
 purchase and install the power generating equipment
 install the toilet, hatch and awnings
 decorate the 4 sides and the roof

SEEDS FOR GROWTH CHARITY
Launched 12 years ago and we provide healthy fresh food for 34,500 people.
We empower long term unemployed people to access work or to launch their own business.