With funding support from the Clare Foundation Saunderton, Mama Bee Group, Khepera CIC, and a specialist team of Youth and Community Workers developed the Foodie Friday Kitchen Takeover (#FFKT) project for Buckinghamshire based young people.
This project has evolved from the monthly Foodie Friday sessions at Wrights Meadow Centre, in response to the restrictions on physical gatherings due to COVID-19. Discussing the impact of lockdown with young people during this time, the team developed a programme of weekly online sessions in order to continue engagement remotely.
The aim of #FFKT was to provide a safe, unified, virtual space for all young people to take part in a practical cooking workshop, soap box forum, collaborative work and positivity sharing. Helping to empower young people to make simple meals and snacks– whilst having fun and being part of a group.
After an initial pilot was hugely successful, the team delivered, for 17 weeks, a series of sessions initially themed around the colours of the rainbow & then recipes for the Lockdown Cookbook – each Friday young people have been producing colourful, tasty food, engaging in positive discussion, learning about nutrition, and supporting each other. Some then also felt confident to lead sessions, instructing others on how to make their favourite vegan / vegetarian dishes.
The Foodie Friday Kitchen Takeover crew are now working together to create a Lockdown Cookbook. This will feature dishes created by young people and also document the journey of the project from face to face engagement to an online provision.
Feedback from participants:
Erin – We loved the sessions, the Yo-Go is now our family staple, we have it for dessert a few times a week.
George – I have really enjoyed the meals, I make the Arrabbiata sauce & Asian slaw all the time, I’ve decided to take food tech as an option at school now!!