To support the Medway Can initiative, Home-Start Medway have run a 4-week cooking course called Cooking on a Budget which was attended by 5 families. The ethos behind Cooking on a Budget was to show families how to cook healthy, nutritious meals for the whole family that could be cooked in bulk and frozen. As well as teaching the method for cooking these meals, the aim was also to reduce the cost of their weekly food shop and their gas/electric bills. Each week focused on different types of cooking. All participants took home the dish they had cooked for that evenings meal. They also proudly sent in pictures of what they had cooked with the additional ingredients provided.
Following completion of the course 100% of those attended stated that they felt their food preparation skills had improved, they were now eating more healthy meals and did not have as much food wastage. 50% said that they were now cooking 4-5 times a week from scratch.