YOUNG people at Leaways School London are using their cooking skills to help their local community.
Children who take part in the school’s weekly Cooking Club are using ingredients generously donated by a local charitable foundation to create the meals which are then donated to families in need and members of the homeless community.
In a recent session more than 50 meals were created, all using ingredients donated by the Hoxton Brothers Charitable Foundation, who are the proud sponsors of the Leaways Cooking Club. The finished meals were donated to The Mildmay Community Centre’s Food Hub.
Leaways, which offers places to children with social, emotional and mental health difficulties including autism, is based in East London.
Alison Ford, Interim Headteacher at Leaways School, said: “Each week Fridays are set aside for enrichment activities for our young people, when they can choose from a range of different ways to spend their time.
“That so many have chosen to take part in this really worthwhile project is a source of great pride. As well as developing their own cooking skills, the children are providing a really valuable service for those who are most in need in our local community.
“Being an active part of the Hackney community is really important to us here at Leaways, and we’re delighted that we’re able to support those in need this way.”
Teena Phillips, Centre Manager at Mildmay Community Partnership, said: “Mildmay Community Centre would like to thank the Hoxton Brothers Food Foundation for their generous donation of food ingredients that have supported the pupils of Leaways school to start their own cooking club enterprise which now feeds over 300 people via the Mildmay food hub. We should also like to thank the staff and pupils of Leaways for all of their support.”