Bay restaurants committed to supporting those in need in our community

Katie Cavanna with Ash Hamilton from The Curious Kitchen

Katie Cavanna with Ash Hamilton from The Curious Kitchen - Credit: Submitted

The UK's rate of food poverty is among the worst in Europe.

As the pandemic makes it harder for people to afford to eat, I’ll explain what you need to know about the country's growing hunger crisis.

The Covid-19 crisis has pushed many families into hardship and exposed the severity of the UK’s food poverty problem. 

As the country’s reliance on food banks soars, this is what you need to know about Brits’ struggle to eat.

People living in food poverty either don’t have enough money to buy sufficient nutritious food, struggle to get it because it is not easily accessible in their community, or both.

It can be a long-term issue in someone’s life or can affect someone for a shorter period of time because of a sudden change in their personal circumstances.

Food insecurity leaves many people reliant on emergency parcels from food banks and means that for many children, their free school meals, could be the only guaranteed hot food they eat in a day.

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It pushes families into crisis during the school holidays because they cannot afford to pay for the food their children would have received during term time.

That can also mean parents eat less or skip meals entirely to make sure there is enough for their children to eat.

Some people find they can only afford unhealthy food lacking nutrition, widening health inequalities between wealthy and disadvantaged people in the UK.

A Government report published earlier this year said that low-income families are left with 'little or no choice' about diet, forced to eat unhealthy food or simply go without. 

Others don’t live in a home with facilities for cooking or storing meals.

Team RE4orm have worked tirelessly since the end of March last year, to support families who are experiencing food poverty.

Working with a consortium of local business owners, over 50,000 nutritious meals and food packages have been sent out to families in need.

High-quality, locally sourced ingredients continue to be used, ensuring all of the meals are not only delicious but also of high nutritional value.

Families are referred to RE4orm by schools and Torbay children’s services.

This year, almost a year since Food 4 Torbay began, we are moving onto the next stage of support families and have launched our highly-anticipated project, RE4orm Recipes.

We are thrilled to be working with the following businesses whose expertise and passion continues to inspire so many in our community: The Curious Kitchen, Me and Mrs Jones Deli, Below Decks, Shoreline, Offshore, The Cactus Kitchen and No.7 Fish Bistro.

These local restaurants are committed to making a difference and supporting those in need in our community.

Chefs from each establishment will design and create a recipe for families to try at home.

Ash Hamilton from The Curious Kitchen in Brixham was the first chef to design a recipe for the RE4orm Recipe project.

Ash is hugely passionate about empowering families and healthy eating – we are thrilled to have him on board.

The RE4orm Recipe boxes contain all the fresh ingredients for a meal for four. Using local greengrocers and suppliers, we continue to support local businesses.

These 'do it yourself’ recipe boxes have been a huge hit already.

It would be remiss to ignore the impact this collaborative approach to combatting food poverty continues to have.

We are blessed in our community, with people who care about their neighbours.

Our goal for the community is to raise aspirations and alleviate poverty.

Empowering families with the ability and confidence to cook healthy meals is one step on the journey for us all.