Tesco has confirmed a new partnership with The Children’s Food Trust worth almost £5 million to expand ‘Let’s Get Cooking’: the UK’s biggest network of school cooking clubs.
At the clubs, children learn how to cook a variety of meals, from healthy dishes like salads, omelettes and soups to world cuisine such as curries and stir fries. Established seven years ago with £20m of investment from the Big Lottery Fund, The Children’s Food Trust’s Let’s Get Cooking programme runs a network of 3,000 primary and special school clubs in England and has so far helped almost 2 million children and parents improve their cooking skills.
This new partnership with the supermarket chain will help the Children’s Food Trust set up an additional 1,000 clubs across the UK during 2016. This means up to 72,000 more children will get to benefit from learning how to cook at the clubs.
Josh Hardie, corporate responsibility director for Tesco, said: “We’re thrilled to be supporting Let’s Get Cooking clubs – it means we can reach as many children as possible, creating a real legacy for cooking skills in this country.”
Linda Cregan, chief executive officer of the Children’s Food Trust, added: “If we want children in the UK to eat better, we have to give them the skills they need to cook – and companies like Tesco can have enormous influence to make that happen, so we’re thrilled to be working with them. This funding is an incredible opportunity grow our army of inspirational cooking club champions right across the UK.”
Last week Tesco also launched a series of pop-up Easter cooking classes, delivered by the Children’s Food Trust, for nearly 900 children in 25 Tesco stores across the country.