Newsletter from Soil Association’s Sharing Food for Life Get Togethers Project July 2020

From Bella Kerr, Intergenerational Development Officer, Generations Working Together


In this month’s newsletter, we share our learnings from our first virtual event, an inspiring story of how our funding generated an idea for an affordable community café, and expert nutrition advice for shielding older people.  

Welcome to our new community members

If you’re new to Food for Life Get Togethers, welcome to the community! By signing up to our newsletter, you’re the first to receive resources to help you connect with your communities by cooking, growing and eating together. You’ll also hear about activities and events you can join in with, either virtually, as a household or in person.

Good food for all

Good food is something we’re passionate about at Food for Life, and you’ll often notice us talking about how to incorporate good food into your Get Together activities. But what is good food? Simply put, it’s food that’s good for us, good for the environment, and good for the local economy – and it doesn’t have to be pricey. Read more about what we mean by good food, and how you can make the most of local producers, community gardens and growing at home.

Good food for older people

Eating well is particularly important for older people who are shielding. If you’re caring for vulnerable older people in your community, our Nutrition for Older People guide could be an invaluable resource. Download it, print it out, and share with anyone else who will find this information useful.

Lunchtime Cookalong learnings

Our first Lunchtime Cookalong was last month, and despite some initial technical issues, 96 people came together to cook a delicious sweet potato and chickpea curry lead by Masterchef semi-finalist Sarah Dugdale.

This is the first time we’d held a virtual event and we are still learning and reviewing the best tech platforms to use. Next time we’ll aim to come back with a slicker set up and fewer glitches!

If you missed the live event, not to worry – you can take part in the Cookalong at home anytime. The link is here, with the recipe and ingredients listed in the description.

Community news

It goes without saying that Covid-19 has presented a challenge for communities far and wide. Get Togethers works with communities across the UK and we wanted to ensure that our community funding was able to be used for practical responses to the pandemic at a community level. Our team in the West Midlands have seen some amazing initiatives getting off the ground.

After providing meals to the community during Covid-19 using our emergency funding, Walsall community group Free@Last are working towards opening a not-for-profit café that will provide meals to their community. So far, Free@Last have fed over 12,000 people with fresh and delicious meals including goat curry, lasagne, and spicy lamb hotpot. Building on this work will allow them to continue feeding hundreds of people in their community in the long term.

Save the date for World Food Day

We’re beginning to get plans in place for World Food Day. It’s not until 16th October, but we’re already thinking about what we can do now to prepare. We’re offering free seeds to the first 100 people to sign up to host a World Food Day Get Together. Sign up today and get a pack of spinach or carrot seeds in the post. Sow them now, grow over summer and harvest them in October ready to cook up for your World Food Day Get Together!

Black Lives Matter

The Food for Life Get Togethers team wishes to both express our solidarity with the anti-racist movement, and to hasten the time when the food, farming and environmental sector better reflects and speaks up for the diverse society in which we live. Read more about how we’re actively seeking to learn and improve here.

Our Get Togethers Community

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