Family Cooking Project Gains Momentum in Galway City!
Through Healthy Galway City, Galway City Partnership was successful in securing funding under the safefood Community Food Initiative 2019-2021, to promote healthy eating among families with children up to the age of 12 years. As part of the Community Food Initiative in 2019, we delivered the Healthy Food Made Easy programme to parents in Westside and Ballybane and held two large community events promoting healthy eating. We had planned to expand these projects to other communities in 2020, but this was not feasible due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our plans had to be adapted and the ‘Let’s Cook Together’ remote family cooking project was piloted.
‘Let’s Cook Together’ was a collaborative project between Galway City Partnership, Foróige Ballinfoyle, GRETB and the HSE Community Nutrition and Dietetic Service as part of the safefood Community Food Initiative. This project aimed to support families to cook and eat healthy meals together during the COVID-19 outbreak. The project was put in place quickly, with the first group beginning on the 5th of May 2020.
This family cooking project was delivered over four weeks. Five healthy recipes were selected from the safefood YouTube channel and the accompanying recipes were printed and laminated.
Week 2: Beef Stroganoff
Week 3: Spinach and Feta Frittata
Week 4: Chicken Curry
In total, 17 families participated in the pilot project with Foróige Ballinfoyle and GRETB. Families received a new recipe and ingredient pack, prepared by the local shop, each week. Each family was supported by Foróige and GRETB staff by phone or video call, if needed. Families used photos to record the cooking process and the finished product each week.
Following the success of the pilot project, the Family Cooking Project was expanded to additional families and communities in Galway City during 2020, in partnership with Foróige, GRETB, Tusla Family Services and the HSE Community Nutrition and Dietetics Service. In total, 84 families benefitted from the safefood Family Cooking Project in 2020, with each family receiving a pack including a Healthy Galway City bag and pen, a 101 square meals cookbook and an adult and child portion plate.
The Family Cooking Project has been further expanded in 2021, with an additional 132 families being supported to participate in the four-week project to date. The 2021 project has been supported by funding from the safefood Community Food Initiative and the Healthy Ireland Fund.
We are grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in the safefood Community Food Initiative 2019-2021. The three-year initiative was of significant importance for Healthy Galway City as Healthy Eating is a key theme of the Healthy Galway City Strategy 2019-2021. We now look forward to building on the success of the Family Cooking Project and supporting organisations to implement similar projects to promote healthy eating among families into the future.
If you are looking for some recipe ideas that the whole family will enjoy, visit https://www.safefood.net/recipes