President’s Award – Edinburgh Community Food 2021
The President’s Award is presented annually to an individual or organisation who has significantly contributed to the improvement and protection of health and well-being in Scotland through their activities in the Institute’s Community Training. This year, the worthy recipients are Edinburgh Community Food for the work they do as a REHIS Approved Training Centre delivering cooking skills, food hygiene and food and health courses to the community of Edinburgh and beyond.
Brenda Black, Chief Executive and Chris Mantle, Senior Food and Health Development Officer received the award from Lisa McCann on Friday 19 November and were absolutely thrilled to receive the honoured award. Brenda then went on to give an excellent presentation about their food activity during the pandemic.
Edinburgh Community Food is all about helping people enjoy delicious, fresh, healthy food and making sure everyone in the Edinburgh area has access to an affordable, healthy diet. They tackle health inequalities in low-income communities through their Food and Health development and promotion work, including cooking and nutrition courses.
Since COVID-19 hit, Edinburgh Community Food were very quick off the mark to adapt their way of working to deliver courses remotely by having ‘cook along’ sessions through social media and virtual training sessions. They also assumed telephone duties to give health promotion advice and support their community members. Prior to the pandemic they supplied fresh produce to many offices and homes but with lockdown, they changed to delivering to the homes of vulnerable, socially isolated and those facing financial hardship.
This has proved to be successful and has allowed their work in helping people in difficult times access training and support.