Discover! 2020 Goes Digital Over the last three years ECF has partnered with the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC) and others (such as storytellers, musicians and the Royal Observatory) and to deliver Discover!, the CEC-led programme to tackle holiday hunger food. We ran cooking classes with activities and healthy eating input for referred children and families over all school holidays. Since the onset of the pandemic we have created an adapted online version of Discover!, which first ran over the summer period, with great success. Since then 310 families have received weekly boxes of fresh produce, long life goods, cooking equipment, recipes, masses of health information and information from our partners. We also include lots of ‘added extras’ such as: seeds and growing activities, children’s books, activity packs, Active Schools sports packs, ‘treats’ for children (e.g. sets of matching lunchboxes, placemats & drinks cups) and the occasional food ‘treat’ (e.g. fortune cookies and chocolate). Families join a closed FaceBook group where they access live videos (nutrition input, baking demonstrations, story-telling, dance, music, star gazing and crafts), share tips and photos of dishes made and children’s creative activities, comment, support each other and take part in a novel online community. Feedback from Discover! Has been wonderful and humbling. Example of food box contents "The food boxes were amazing. I was surprised the content surpassed my expectations and made everything so easy. I had to shield myself and my son during lockdown and getting out and about isn’t always easy anyway so having everything we needed to participate was the most thoughtful thing anyone could do for us. I’m emotional as I type this as everything was incredible and we appreciated it very much." 95% of families say Discover! has saved them money and 90% of parents experienced improved relationships with their children. Jo and Chris delivering baking demonstration on Facebook Live! "Gave us a focus during the day which we otherwise wouldn’t have, cooked together, exercised together and I know that wouldn’t have happened without this as we scheduled our days around this. Helped me massively with my anxiety of having the kids all holidays so thank you." Discover Survey Family Responses 95% enjoy the cooking and baking the most from all activities 95% took part in the cooking sessions 91% saved money on food 90% report a better relationship with children over summer 82% Enjoyed the fresh nutritious food 81% improved emotional health and well-being 70% more connected to community 62% more connected to other families "Apart from not meeting with all the wonderful Discover staff, this is so far the best Discover experience we have had in the 18 months we have been attending. Thank you all so much for all the effort you are putting in for us to keep the children and adults motivated."