Support Food Matters' work
We seek your support for our two main on-the-ground projects:
Food Matters Inside and Out
Our ground-breaking project that takes a whole-prison approach to food so prisoners can better access healthier meals. By supporting their mental and physical health, the projects helps prisoners make the move towards a crime-free future. Food Matters Inside and Out aims to:
- Make balanced, healthy food choices more accessible in prisons.
- Improve offenders’ knowledge, confidence, attitude and behaviour around healthy eating.
- Bring about prison-food related national policy change.
It does this by improving the food environment within prisons, running courses, peer mentoring and other food-related health activities for offenders, training catering staff, and working with the Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service.
Kitchen Kick Start
Our Kitchen Kick Start cookery programmes help people to feel confident about cooking with healthy and affordable non-processed foods.
We work with groups of vulnerable people, including children, teenagers, the elderly, asylum seekers and refugees, and people with learning difficulties, running cookery sessions in places where participants feel comfortable and familiar, such as shared residential kitchens, local youth centres and community kitchens. We also work with staff who support these groups, to help staff feel confident to cook alongside their clients.
Our programmes include one-off, taster sessions and more structured programmes which take place over four to six weeks. Sessions last two hours, with the focus on preparing and cooking healthy meals from ingredients available at corner shops, food co-ops and supermarkets.