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Watch Shobna Gulati Cook up a Storm with Cracking Good Food.

We teamed up with Shobna Gulati, much loved actor and author, to raise awareness of food insecurity in Greater Manchester.

Shobna recently joined us in our community kitchen and cooked her ‘Bung-it-all-in Stew’ – a hearty and healthy dish that was sent to Chelwood Foodbank Plus.

We filmed an exclusive foodie Q&A with Shobna which you can watch under the videos section on our website.

The Hype with Gemma Foxcroft!

Our Co-Director Gemma chats on the radio. Some lessons here about the way so much food goes to waste + how hard the volunteers at Cracking Good Food work to provide thousands of nourishing meals for people who need them. Listen here.

Hunger Is On The Rise

Last week, well-known homelessness charity Lifeshare (who we recently partnered with at Christmas) asked Cracking Good Food to provide a further 150 meals per week for people they had identified through their outreach work as being in need of support.

Judith Vickers, Operations Manager for Lifeshare said,

‘This service came out of concerns and need for weekend food provision, as clients were leaving their accommodation and breaking lockdown rules due to being hungry . This funding from ‘Global’s Make Some Noise’ has enabled us to not only provide nutritional meals at the weekend but also toilities and essential clothing to support clients in isolation .

Looking forward, Lifeshare and Cracking Good food are hoping to deliver cookery classes to all the hostels we supported during lockdown when it is safe for us to be together!’

The meals are being delivered every weekend to support people experiencing poverty who have just been discharged from hospital, young people with learning disabilities, and people experiencing homelessness and insecure housing.

As the current lockdown draws to an end, there is sadly no reason to believe the challenges facing people living in poverty in Greater Manchester will be alleviated. Sadly, things only seem to be getting worse.

If you can, please donate now to support our ongoing community outreach and emergency food provision.

Radio Chat!

Our Co-Director Gemma and our volunteer Kitchen Assistant Phil joined Justin Moorhouse for a chat about food poverty in Greater Manchester, and our community outreach work. You can listen to the interview here. It starts around 3 hours 37 min.

Pantry Pod Project

To highlight Salt Awareness Week we are visiting Pantry At Number 5 at Bridgehall, Stockport this Thursday to hand out some tasty low-salt food samples whilst whetting shoppers’ appetite for our upcoming ‘Pantry Pod’ project which will be run from outside the pantry on every Thursday in April from 3-5pm. The covid-safe outdoor project is designed to support the shoppers at ‘Pantry At Number 5’ to learn new cooking skills and try healthy new ingredients, cooked with love by our team. We will also be using the opportunity to redistribute pre-loved kitchen equipment sourced from our ‘Kitchen Kit Call Out’ as well as fresh windowsill herb plants and affordable, accessible recipe ideas. We can’t wait to meet the Pantry At Number 5 shoppers and share our top tips for healthy, affordable and sustainable cooking.

These events, which will also run in Woodley throughout May, are funded by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council via their Stockport Local Community Support Fund

These events will also see the extremely welcome return to CGF community work for both Rob and Paul, who we can’t wait to see back behind a CGF stove. Welcome back guys!

If you would like us to run a pop-up event with YOUR community group or organisation, please contact gemma@crackinggoodfood.org

Interview on Wythenshawe FM!

Last week, our Co-Director Gemma spoke to Colin Owen from Wythenshawe FM on his show The Buzz. Listen here as they chat about the Manchester as a ‘Right To Food’ City, food poverty and all things CGF.

Feeding Your Future!

We are providing a FREE online cooking course for Manchester residents aged 19+ with support from Manchester Adult Education Services (MAES). This is our first time delivering community education online for MAES, and we can’t wait to get teaching! Of course, we are also looking forward to getting back to cooking with the community when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, you can find out more about our online community learning course, Feeding Your Future, here.

Baking Kits!

Last week, we had loads of fun putting together baking kits at our Community Kitchen in Gorton. Buzz Manchester funded 26 baking kits which were distributed in North Manchester, including to members of Together Dementia Support’s Friendship and Activity Group. The kits contained all the ingredients needed for people to make traditional flapjacks AND chocolate chip cookies. There’s nothing like the smell of freshly baked cookies – we hope everyone enjoyed their packs!

Our new kitchen is OPEN!

Despite many challenges (including severe disruption to the water supply in Gorton on our opening week!), our third Community Kitchen in the heart of East Manchester is now OPEN. Our passion means we are cooking healthy homemade food for the people in the community who would otherwise go without.

Our brilliant bunch of volunteer cooks made 213 meals just on the first day. 🍅🥔🥦

We want to thank all our wonderful volunteers and team members who’ve made this possible! Our Crowdfunder is still live if you would like to support our emergency food provision in Gorton.

Listen here to our BBC Manchester Interview.

Listen here (at 3 hours 40 mins) to our Co-Director Gemma and our amazing Volunteer Helen speaking with Mike Sweeney on BBC Manchester about Cracking Good Food!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p093400s

It’s been a busy weekend!

Our team have spent their Sunday scrubbing, painting and clearing our new space at The Churches, Gorton. As well as ensuring the space is safe for our staff and volunteers to cook from, we collected a LOT of pantry goods kindly donated by Gorton Monastery to help get our emergency food response in Gorton up and running so we can cook and distribute a further 200 meals per day to support those in need of nutritious food. Read more, and support us if you can via our Crowdfunder page

Live COOKAlong!

Our live COOKAlong this weekend helped a family come together to cook up home made samosas and delicious Dal from scratch. It was a wonderful opportunity for a virtual family get-together, and a great time was had by all! Email tracey@crackinggoodfood.org to arrange your tailor-made COOKAlong now!

Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Tracey Torley reveals how Cracking Good Food sells to businesses.

Tracey Torley, one of the directors for social enterprise Cracking Good Food in Manchester, talks to us about how they have changed the way they have been working through Covid-19 and gives her tips and advice on working with and selling to businesses.

The High Sheriff’s article about Cracking Good Food

The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester has dedicated this weeks column to Cracking Good Food and the Coronavirus campaign.

Three appointments for Cracking Good Food

People on the move: 40 top North West appointments you shouldn’t miss.

https://www.business-live.co.uk/enterprise/people-move-40-top-north-19288871

New Wythenshawe Store

The Community Grocery is part of The Message Trust’s site in Sharston. Its aim is to bridge the gap between supermarkets and food banks, and to increase access to good food for all.

We also get a little mention! https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/…/amazing-new…