Help us to buy our very own mobile kitchen to take healthy food education to communities & schools across Edinburgh.
About this project
I’m Eleanor Cunningham and I set up Edinburgh Larder six years ago to showcase the great produce Scotland has to offer. We now have a café, a take away and we manage the café at Whitmuir Farm, too.
Our customers frequently ask for recipes and suggestions on ways to use less familiar ingredients, such as celeriac or fennel. This inspired me to set up Edinburgh Food Social, a social enterprise that focuses on bringing local food into the community.
How you can help
We now need to purchase and fit out a Food Truck to take healthy food education to schools and communities in the Edinburgh area and beyond.
We have successfully trialled a number of projects in Edinburgh and Fife by renting an expensive truck but in order to reach those that need it most, we want to put every penny back in to this not-for-profit enterprise.
We’ve already been working with Fife Council to bring healthy ready meals to Rosyth residents and we’ve worked with St. Thomas of Aquin’s High School in Edinburgh where, over the course of two weeks, students were taught to source local produce, budget, cook and serve meals to their classmates.
How we’ll use the truck
We will use our shiny new Food Truck to tour communities in Edinburgh and beyond, providing drop-in sessions and cookery classes to educate people about the benefits of using locally sourced food and give them the skills to make healthy and inexpensive meals.
Thanks to the success of our pilot projects, we now have a growing list of schools that are keen to work with us. Many of the places we need to reach have little or no facilities.
Our produce will be sourced from community gardens in schools and other locations around Edinburgh, as well as our trusted network of local suppliers, for use on the food truck.
• Increase the number of ‘from scratch’ meals made at home with local produce
• Improve people’s confidence to cook, which in turn can improve health and wealth by providing participants with skills to make them more employable
• Improve knowledge of local, seasonal and sustainable produce
• Participants also learn to budget, plan and share the food they make
• Support local businesses, jobs and communities
• Food grown in Edinburgh stays in Edinburgh
Meet our team!
Stuart set up the Edinburgh Food Assembly and knows a lot about the great producers we have in Scotland. He’s worked in many different areas and is a whizz when it comes to organising events and writing our funding applications.
Lois worked for the Healthier Scotland Cooking Bus programme for three years and holds a PhD in nutrition. She has experience in leading and evaluating cooking and nutrition classes, as well as delivering training around practical cooking skills in socially deprived communities in Scotland.
Nathan has worked in the food industry for a number of years, including spending time at our Café in Edinburgh. He’s setting up new projects at the moment and has brought great experience to EFS in a range of areas including research.
Stan is well known in the Edinburgh food world (and the food world in general!) He’s a lecturer on the QMU Gastronomy course and has ran and been involved in a large number of charity and social organisations.
Find out more about us at: www.edinburghfoodsocial.com
Risks and challenges
During our first year, we will rely on funding from various channels to deliver our project. In future, when the truck is up and running and we have a full team of helpers and volunteers, we hope to fund the social enterprise through delivery of events and teaching sessions throughout the year.
We have secured a generous amount of funding from the Climate Challenge fund to pay for a team to work at Gracemount House and Walled Garden. We are also seeking other channels of funding in order to deliver all of the great projects we’d like to work on in the future.
We’re fortunate to have a fantastic group of people working with us who have a great range of skills. Many have run social enterprises in the past so we believe we have the best possible team in place to ensure our project is a success!