Empowering food security in YOUR community

Creating Community Food Champions of the future! All you need to know about how to make the most of community kitchens by running safe, engaging, affordable and inclusive community cooking hubs and clubs.

We deliver our day-long COOKBank training course to groups of people who wish to develop a good food culture and to reduce food insecurity in their community. The aim is to support people to tackle the barriers communities face when accessing, cooking and budgeting for affordable nutritious food. Taking a ‘train the trainer’ approach, the course aims to empower participants with the practical skills and knowledge to increase resilience to food insecurity within their community. We have delivered the course to Housing Associations, Community Groups and the NHS.

Everyone deserves good food.

What Does COOKBank Include?

  • Defining ‘good’ food & why it’s crucial for our health & well-being.

  • Identifying the many barriers to cooking healthy food from scratch and looking at ways to break them down.
  • Discussing and implement resourceful and sustainable solutions to food poverty by cooking creatively and using store cupboard ingredients to increase community resilience as the pandemic, Brexit, austerity and climate change make our food supply more fragile.
  • Raising awareness of ‘the bigger picture’ of food (in)security, the power of marketing and food waste.
  • We discuss ways in which you can support your community with nourishing, safely-prepared and culturally appropriate food, including setting up a Cracking Good Cooking Club.
  • A hearty meal!
  • Train the trainer approach – you will deliver a cooking workshop to each other incorporating these messages at the end of the training.
  • The COOKBank e-manual provides a robust reference guide beyond the course to enable graduates to coach team and community members to develop the skills and experience needed to work within their community setting.
  • Certificate of Achievement for each participant
  • Most importantly, the inspiration to see how you can instil a flexible, accessible and affordable ‘good food culture’ into your community – because everyone deserves good food.

Please email for further information.

Next Cook Bank:

Monday 14th November, 10am-4pm, Oldham (venue tbc)

  • Cooking activity and lunch included
  • £100 pp
  • FREE places available for Oldham workers/residents.
  • Further details tbc – register your interest by emailing


“You certainly made a hugely thought provoking experience.”

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“We appreciate all your efforts and commitment over the course and beforehand.”

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“It opened my mind and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow!”

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“Great facilitators, full of emotional warmth, charm and knowledge – nice energy.”

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Foodbanks are a lifeline but don’t provide freshly cooked food… COOKBanks teach you to cook surplus food for the community.