Tesco and Jamie Oliver have launched an online training scheme to train hundreds of community cooks working across the UK’s food banks and charity kitchens.
Oliver will virtually train 300 community cooks as part of the scheme, who will in turn teach at least 15 people in their local community how to cook balanced meals on a budget.
The free course, which aims to reach 4500 people by May, will teach community cooks to make the most of the type of foods most regularly donated to charities, such as tinned goods and non-perishable food.
It will also place an emphasis on cooking nutritionally balanced meals, which Tesco says is more vital than ever due to the impact of the pandemic.
“Now more than ever, nutrition is so important – and small additions or swaps can make a big difference,” Tesco’s community programme and charities manager Sue Couter said.
Jamie Oliver Group’s food education manager Katherine Hale added: “The community cooks we work with are incredible lifelines to their communities, and it’s our great privilege to support them in the best way we know how – by passing on our knowledge.
“This past year has shown all of us how important eating well is and sharing our skills with those who can make a difference to hundreds of others is an incredibly powerful thing.”