Helping Hampers: Getting Families in Ryedale Cooking Together

by Editorial Team
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A new initiative launched in Ryedale is encouraging families to cook together and save money during the lockdown.

‘Helping Hampers,’ a project launched by Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource and delivered in partnership with North Yorkshire County Council and Community Smart CIC, will see cookery boxes delivered to families across the district containing everything needed to cook nutritious, home-cooked meals, including all the ingredients required, recipe cards, and full instructions.

Claire Robinson, Business Development Manager and project lead from Scarborough and Ryedale Carers Resource, said: “The idea behind the initiative is to encourage the families receiving the boxes to get together and cook with the kids. Working with North Yorkshire County Council’s families and children team and Community Smart CIC, we are encouraging families to have fun in the kitchen, learn new skills, and find out how to make simple, healthy meals on a budget.”

The project, which is being funded by DEFRA, and was secured to support efforts to improve food security during the pandemic, will source fresh ingredients from local, independent businesses, thereby encouraging people to buy local ingredients from the Community Smart food warehouse.

Steve Mason, director of Community Smart CIC, said: “I’m so pleased to be playing a part in the ‘Helping Hampers’ project. I’m also proud of the great collaboration that has brought the project together. Volunteers will deliver hampers to families in Malton, Norton, Pickering, Helmsley, and Kirkbymoorside, plus villages in between. Ryedale steps up to help again!”

The recipes included in the hampers (for two main meals and a dessert each week) have been devised and tested by Ryedale Community Kitchen chef Rob Hillary, who has provided easy to follow instructions for each meal, along with tips and hints on adapting the recipes to provide more variety—as also to cut costs on ingredients for families on a tight budget.

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