Food Nation CIC is a food and nutrition-focused social enterprise in Newcastle; our vision is to inspire people about good food. Our services equip people with skills and knowledge to improve food and nutrition choices and build healthier, more resilient communities. We have delivered food education workshops for schools since 2006 and community cookery courses since 2010.

In this time, we have expanded our services to specifically address a range of diet-related health inequalities for individuals and groups. These services include taught cooking skills courses, food clubs, food demonstrations, pop-up restaurants, and education programmes for schools. Between April 2015 and April 2016 we delivered 634 food education classes to 1,085 children and adults, supported by 76 volunteers.

We prioritise individuals and groups within the 20% most deprived communities in the region, as defined by the Multiple Deprivation Index 2015. Within this remit, our beneficiaries include (but are not limited to) people experiencing issues around food poverty, older people, people in receipt of government benefits, and dealing with any sanctions, long term unemployed, NEET young people, ex-offenders and persons recovering from alcohol or substance misuse. In recognition of our work we were shortlisted in the Outstanding Social Enterprise category at the 2015 North East Charity awards and held a three year award from the Royal Society of Public Health from 2013-16 (we are currently awaiting the outcome of this year’s round).

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