Jamie’s Ministry of Food to join Inn Churches family

Media release
19th April 2018

Jamie’s Ministry of Food are delighted to be working with Bradford charity Inn Churches, to deliver their highly-respected community cooking classes across the Bradford District.

Over the past eight years, Jamie’s Ministry of Food has enabled thousands of people to learn how to cook healthy, nutritious meals from scratch using quality fresh produce from local markets, as well as being signposted to other services promoting health and wellbeing.

Inn Churches provides practical support for those who need it most, working throughout the year to provide permanent and lasting change in the lives of those who are homeless or vulnerably housed. Through their Storehouse project, they intercept, store and distribute surplus food to people in need, turning food waste into healthy and delicious meals in their pay-as-you-feel café and for community groups across the Bradford area.

Bringing Jamie’s Ministry of Food and Inn Churches together will unite food education and practical help to ensure that families across the Bradford district have the knowledge and resources to feed themselves healthily, whatever their situation or budget. Classes will be delivered at  Inn Churches’ Storehouse Café in the Broomfields area, on the edge of the city centre.

The Ministry of Food and Inn Churches teams will work together to continue to offer a range of 8-week cooking courses, masterclasses, school lessons and community events, educating and equipping individuals from all sectors of society to feed themselves adequately and healthily.

Soraya Overend, who has been running the Ministry of Food in Bradford for the past eight years, has joined the Inn Churches team as Welfare Manager. She says,

We’re very pleased to be joining with Inn Churches and working with their fantastic team to continue to deliver excellence in activities promoting healthy eating. We take huge pride in our work and are passionate about educating and empowering people to feed themselves healthily, and working from The Storehouse will enable us to extend and develop our work.

Mandie Turner, Project Manager for Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food, says,

We are delighted that the Ministry of Food programme will continue in Bradford, through our new partnership with Inn Churches.

Juli Thompson, CEO of Inn Churches, says,

We’re thrilled to welcome Jamie’s Ministry of Food to The Storehouse. Many of the groups and communities we work with have identified food poverty as a key issue and working with the Ministry of Food will enable us to help and support individuals to feed themselves well no matter what their budget – with all the health and social benefits that brings.

The move will take place during April, with the first courses up and running at the start of May.

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