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Home cooking and coronavirus

26th March 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

With the government announcing the closures of schools across the UK last Friday, almost 1.3million children from low income families who receive free school meals may be at risk of going hungry. Schools and charities are working tirelessly to try and reach those affected with vouchers and meals, yet individuals can also offer a helping hand in their local community.

Today food waste app and social enterprise, OLIO, is launching its nationwide #cook4kids campaign to encourage anyone who can, to cook and prepare simple meals and share them with neighbouring school children – using a no-contact pick-up through the free app.

A whole host of high-profile chefs have pledged their support for the campaign, encouraging their fans to #cook4kids and share simple, nutritious recipes which can be easily followed to provide local children with a fresh, tasty lunch or dinner. Those involved to date include James Martin, Jonathan Phang, Thomasina Miers, Max La Manna and Skye Gyngell.

Aston spoke to Melissa Hemsley, food writer and chef and Tessa Clarke, founder of Olio to discus sabout how we can help, whilst staying within Government advice, and help your community.