We’ve confirmed a brand new partnership with The Tesco Eat Happy Project worth almost £5 million, to expand our Let’s Get Cooking network - the UK’s biggest network of school cooking clubs.
Let’s Get Cooking is a free programme that provides support to help set up after school cooking clubs through offering free training, a free Learning Network Membership, lots of resources including recipes, and £150 of funding from The Tesco Eat Happy Project to buy materials and equipment.
The Tesco Eat Happy Project is dedicated to helping children have a happier and healthier relationship with food by teaching them where it comes from, and how to cook it. With our new clubs, together we aim to inspire children to learn to cook by equipping them with the skills and resources they need to get hands on in the kitchen.
Our new clubs will be concentrated in disadvantaged areas with a high proportion of low income families, where improving cooking skills can have the greatest impact for children. Research shows children from poorer homes are more likely to be obese – over a fifth of children from low-income households were classed as obese in 2013, compared with only 7% of children in higher income groups.
Children learn how to cook a huge variety of useful meals at our Let’s Get Cooking clubs, from healthy favourites like salads, omelettes and soups to world cuisine like curries, stir fries and chilli.
Our clubs have had a real and lasting impact on children’s relationship with their food – our research shows that almost all children who have taken part have cooked again at home, and more than half say they have eaten more healthily since learning to cook.
As well as keeping around 3,000 existing clubs going, our new partnership with The Tesco Eat Happy Project will help us set up an additional 1,000 clubs across the UK during 2016. This means up to 72,000 more children will get to benefit from learning how to cook with us.
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Each club will receive support honed from our expertise and many years of practice in delivering cooking activities for children. We’ve tailored our package to provide you with everything you need to set-up and grow your club, from seasonal recipe ideas and exciting activity packs to training and funding to help buy ingredients and equipment.
You don’t need to be experienced to run a club, all you need is a passion for cooking and the ability to engage and enthuse children and their families. We will help you every step of the way.
Our cooking clubs are designed to be both fun and educational. They are a chance for you to engage with your pupils, their families and your community. Our club package will also help you meet the new National Curriculum cooking skills requirement.
The Tesco Eat Happy Project Let’s Get Cooking clubs will receive*:
- FREE Training
Club leaders and volunteer helpers will be trained by our expert staff. The training will cover the essential skills needed to make your club a success
- £150 funding per year from The Tesco Eat Happy Project
Funding will be provided to help you buy ingredients and essential equipment for your club
- FREE Learning Network Membership
Develop and refresh your skills with membership to our online training site, Learning Network. Normally charged at £108 per license, you will have free access to a wide range of courses aimed at helping you run your club
- Resources Galore!
You will receive a package of educational resources that have been specially designed for cooking clubs. From recipes, simple 4-week lesson plans and safety advice to colourful wall charts and activity ideas – you will have everything you need at the click of a button!
You will also receive termly newsletters and activity packs full of cooking inspiration, top tips, advice and latest news
- Expert support for you exactly when you need it
Our expert regional staff and head office team are on hand whenever you need them. With years of experience in supporting clubs, they will be able to answer your questions or guide you to any resources you may need.
PLUS some surprises and delights from The Tesco Eat Happy Project!
* Eligibility criteria applies