Talking to 1625 Independent People

15 April 2016

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Posted by Hannah Taylor, FareShare Food Collection Intern

Our Food Collection Intern Hannah visited one of our member projects in Bristol to find out how food donated at the Neighbourhood Food Collection is helping.[/three_fourth][one_fourth_last]

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1625 Independent People (1625ip) helps young people who have been homeless to get back on their feet, preparing them for lives as independent adults. Whilst supported housing is at the base of what they do, they also offer a range of projects helping young people in different ways.

One of these is their Thursday evening cooking sessions and it’s here that FareShare and the Neighbourhood Food Collection comes in. Fresh surplus food and Neighbourhood Food Collection donations are chopped, steamed, sautéed and cooked into a delicious meal shared amongst residents.

Bristol 1625
Cup of tea in hand Josh, one of the team, explains exactly where the food falls into the equation. “Our young people can learn how to cook a well-balanced meal on a budget. This is run by our amazing Cash Pointer team. We do an exercise also working out exactly how much the meal cost to make and compare it to restaurant bought food” Josh explains. “We used these tinned tomatoes, lasagne sheets and flour from FareShare, as well as mushrooms and onions to make a lasagne last Thursday which we ate together afterwards.”

The sessions not only provide a warm nourishing meal but teach essential skills, such as cooking and budgeting, in a relaxed and safe environment.

Another way the food helps is with emergency support. Josh continues “If a young person is going through a change of circumstance or a crisis we can offer emergency support where they can get FareShare food.”

With 80,000 young people in the UK facing homelessness every year, 1625ip offer an essential service to those who have struggled in the transition from childhood to adulthood. The food 1625ip receive from FareShare and the Neighbourhood Food Collection is an important tool helping young people on their journey towards independence.

For more info on Bristol 1625, visit www.1625ip.co.uk

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