Free cookery courses served up to feed Braintree families during holidays

Free cookery courses served up to feed Braintree families during holidays
1st June 2018 Amanda Bhavnani

Greenfields and Braintree Foodbank will serve up a recipe for success with a free six-week cookery course for residents in Braintree.

Six parents will have the opportunity to learn how to cook easy, healthy recipes on a budget, such as pizza, cereal bars and soups, helping them all to feed their families during the school holidays and beyond. The course launches at Glebe Hall in Braintree on Tuesday 24 July from 9.30am – 12noon, and continues every Tuesday for six weeks. Priority will be given to Greenfields residents and their children, on a first come, first served basis.

James Taylor, Greenfields’ Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, believes parents will learn new skills that will have an impact on how and what they feed their families:

“Following a consultation last year with residents in the Glebe Estate last year, we know that 60% of respondents skip meals and 50% don’t meet the UK physical activity guidelines for adults, which is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week. This project is part of our ‘Fit and Fed’ scheme, which aims to keep our residents active and healthy, which we know can be particularly difficult during school holidays.”

A range of topics will be covered, including cooking and budgeting, menu planning, portion sizes and money planning. Anyone interested can contact James on or 07964 128 979.

Alongside this project, Greenfields is working with Essex County Cricket Club to hold free weekly cricket games at Glebe Hall for 30 children and parent volunteers. Find out more here: Braintree youngsters bowled over by free holiday fun