Every school holiday we offer cooking classes and nutrition support to families around Edinburgh as part of the Discover! programme in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council.  Due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have taken the programme online and are providing lots of exciting activities virtually.

Since summer 2020, there has been an increased need for support which has resulted in Edinburgh Community Food delivering food boxes to an increasing number of families.  This Summer we will be supporting 350 families by providing a food box each week of the summer school holidays.  The Covid-19 crisis has really put pressure on families already struggling financially and this project has supported them at this extremely difficult time, providing healthy food in dignified way.

Via a closed Facebook Group, we offered online cooking demonstrations to encourage families to try new meals, making it a joint activity to get the children involved in cooking.  Every week, families receive recipes and all the ingredients needed to join in with the online cooking activities along with a novelty food/idea. 

The programme of activities and cooking during this Summer is based around the theme of Climate. Each week will focus on a different theme around growing e.g. soil, seed, sun, shoots, share and store.

Our volunteer, Jorie, has written a series of blogs to accompany the themes: Why soil is so important

Growing seedsThe sun's role in plant growth, Shoots, Harvest time!

Summer 2021 Recipes

We provide recipes and ingredients to encourage families to make different meals and try new foods each week.  The recipes include a picnic idea, a main course and a dessert/baking.  Our Food and Health Development Officers take turns in delivering live demonstrations of how to make a different recipe each week via Facebook Live.  Families can either follow along in real time and ask questions/leave comments or they can watch it back later at their leisure.  

Some of the recipes include ones inspired by the VegPower campaign to inspire children from early years through primary school and into their teens to love vegetables.  Some of the recipes we've used include: Blitzed CarrotsLoaded Veg RisottoGennaro's Pasta with Broccoli & Sweetpotato.pdfShakshukaSweetcorn SoupRoasted Red Pepper Pasta Sauce

Summer Activities

In accordance to Covid restrictions, Families are encouraged to get out doors and explore local parks to enjoy picnics in the park. Picnic in the Park is a planned series of outings and events, with activities, taking place in local parks in each Edinburgh hub area and visits to Country Parks on the outskirts of the city.

At long last, Discover families have a chance to come together outside!!

In addition to cooking, the online programme will include, arts and crafts and STEM activities. We are also delighted that Discover! will be able to offer the chance for children to take part in the JASS Award scheme which they can work towards simply by taking part in everything Discover has to offer.

The Discover! Team are also teaming up with the Edinburgh School Uniform Bank to take referrals for school uniform. Families can apply for their children to each receive up to 6 items of school uniform. The uniform packs will then be delivered to families so children will have new uniform for when they start school after the summer holiday.

Watch this space for more updates...