THE Roy Evans Foundation has started running Community Cooking Smart sessions every Monday from 11am-12pm at Maghull Town Hall.
Ex Liverpool manager Roy Evans and his wife Mary initially set up The Roy Evans Foundation, as they wanted to give back to the community.
The group is working in several areas with disadvantaged people and they focus on inclusivity and giving people tools to enhance their lives.
A spokesperson for the foundation said: “Currently many people are facing a financial crisis. People are relying more and more on foodbanks. This has a huge impact on mental wellbeing, also physical health. People are isolated, unwilling to go out as this is a cost they cannot incur.”
The Foundation has started weekly workshops every Monday from 11am-noon at Maghull Town Hall, engaging all ages and demographics from the community and have different sessions each week, from cooking demonstrations, sharing cooking recipes and even food bingo!
Each Sunday, they work with local supermarkets and collect their surplus food that is on the best before date that would otherwise go to landfill, and then have this food at their Monday sessions for the community to take home and use.
The spokesperson added: “We want to assist with food distribution and help people that may not go to local foodbanks, but may need a little help, or want to help with food waste and stop such waste going to landfill.
“This is not only a way to save money, but also a lesson in how to reduce food waste which has an impact directly on the environment also.
“It is also a great place for people to meet new friends, share ideas and feel good about themselves by doing something positive for themselves and their family.”
They recently had the extremely talented Chef James Holden, who has worked in top establishments including the Savoy, sharing his culinary skills, and cooked up a biryani for everyone that attended to try.
He showed how people can incorporate vegetables into a recipe, and this can be done on a budget.
Next week they will be sharing details of how to cook “scouse”, cooked in a slow cooker.
The project is led by The Roy Evans Foundation, and they also received some funding from Evertonian Speedo Mick.