Volunteers at Aylsham Food Bank received an early Christmas present at St Michael’s church when a cheque for £277 was handed over from proceeds of the sale of a local recipe book.
The 24-page, fully illustrated book, Canny Cooking, was produced by members of Slow Food Aylsham who created the recipes based on the contents of the average food bank parcel and aimed specifically at food bank users and those on a tight budget.
More than 500 copies have already been distributed free to food bank users across north Norfolk from Hunstanton to Great Yarmouth – and even Rutland. And since publication in October, the book has attracted interest from food banks in London, Bristol and Birmingham.
The book is also helpful to anyone with little cookery skills looking to knock up a cheap and healthy meal. The ingredients are simple and mainly non-perishable canned or dried foods.
It is also available to non-food bank users at £5 – all profits go to Aylsham Food Bank.
Tim Morton, Project Manager at Cromer and District Foodbank, who manage the Aylsham depot, said: “We are very grateful for Slow Food’s support. We are very busy at present, but in November we were up nearly 20 per cent in people fed across the district. All centres are reporting an increase. Across the district we are up 37 per cent in people fed last year.”
Patrick Prekopp, chair of Slow Food Aylsham, said that since publication in October, the book has attracted interest from food banks in London, Bristol and Birmingham.
“We’re delighted at the response from the Food Banks and that the book is being so well received by users,” he said.
“The donation was our first instalment, and we hope to continue to raise funds for the Food Bank from sales of the book.”
To buy a copy of the book, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or shop at Hodson & Co Deli, 23 Red Lion Street, Aylsham.