In Kind Direct is running a campaign this month appealing for further donations of cookware from manufacturers and retailers, to help more communities learn cooking skills.
In Kind Direct, one of The Prince’s Charities, which sources donations of new products and redistributes these goods to UK charities, has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for cookware from charities and Let’s Get Cooking clubs.
To meet this demand, In Kind Direct needs to double the donations it received in 2012. To date it has helped 6,000 charities access a wide range of housewares.
An example is The Children’s Food Trust, a UK charity aiming to protect every child’s right to eat healthily. Six years ago it was awarded funding from the Big Lottery for a network of school children’s cookery clubs called Let’s Get Cooking
So far the partnership between In Kind Direct and Let’s Get Cooking has resulted in more than 100 Let’s Get Cooking clubs receiving £107,000 worth of cooking equipment, which has helped more than 9,500 children and adults learn how to cook meals from scratch.
Rob Rees MBE, professional chef and Chair of the Children’s Food Trust, said: “In Kind Direct’s support is saving our clubs money – and also means they can reach out to more members of their local community, and give them the opportunity to join in and improve their cooking skills – which is exactly what Let’s Get Cooking is all about.”