Guest blog: the Russell Martin Foundation, using food to create new learning environments

Over the last 6 months, Lewes District Food Partnership have awarded grants to local groups fighting food insecurity by building community capacity. In this guest blog, Guy from the Russell Martin Foundation shares how the funding has impacted the young people they work with. 

The grant money has been so very well received.  It has enabled us to develop our food programme, increase the students’ hands on opportunities in both understanding a healthy diet and practically learning wonderful life skills. Our project works with a cohort of eighteen students at a time, over an intense twelve week period.  These children have been referred by their secondary schools to access our support.  Our aim is to re-stimulate them into learning in a variety of different ways.


One of the tools we use is food and food education. Using the grant we have been in a position to engage them in the process of making wholesome meals from scratch and to support them in learning creatively about the art of preparing food.  The children have enjoyed preparing and serving a variety of meals.  The journey they have been on has enabled them to use ingredients that they may not have necessarily cooked with before and for some was a completely new experience.  From comfort food like bolognaises, lasagnas, cowboy pie to homemade pizza’s they have turned their hand to many meals.  We have also been able to make sponges, cupcakes and Easter cornflake cakes!


It has been a joy to share this journey with them, to see their confidence develop and to watch them proudly eating meals that they have been involved in preparing.

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