Food for Change was a programme led by the Cornwall Food Foundation to support people to overcome barriers to work, training and inclusion in their local community. They used fun, practical and engaging activities, focused around three central themes:

  • Grow Food learning how to grow and harvest food from seed.
  • Cook Food practical kitchen skills and cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget.
  • Trade Food experience working in local community food groups and businesses.

While taking part in Food for Change, people were also encouraged to #thinkfood and consider nutritional awareness, food budgeting and food sustainability in day-to-day life.

The programme was underpinned by tailored support – helping people to overcome whatever barriers they face. This ranged from employability skills sessions to help prepare people for work, to one-to-one support from Food for Change mentors.

Food for Change took place in six locations across Cornwall: St Austell, Newquay, Truro, Bodmin, Falmouth and the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area.

The project focused on reaching out to:

  • People who have been unemployed for more than six months;
  • People with, or at risk of, non-infectious chronic health conditions including diabetes, obesity and heart disease
  • People whose mental health prevents them from working
  • People from ethnic minorities who may struggle to access relevant support services

Across all the above categories they prioritised people over 50 years of age, and disabled people.

The project worked in partnership with: