The Willow Service was created by NHS Lothian and City of Edinburgh Council to address the social, health and welfare needs of women in the criminal justice system. Edinburgh Community Food works within this service to support the nutritional needs of the women visiting the centre.


Pre-pandemic, Edinburgh Community Food hosted twice a weekly lunch where service users can came together to enjoy a nutritious, homemade meal.  Eating together forms an important part of the Willow service experience and the women also learn about food and have discussions about healthy lifestyles.  


‘Lockdown’ Provision

We have continued to support the Willow service providing healthy food boxes, allow the women to continue to eat healthily and have access to good food. Support is also offered over the telephone to women able to take part in conversations around food and health. Both these provisions allow us to stay connected.

Service users have also benefitted from kitchen equipment starter kits generously donated from IKEA. This included a larder box with produce that you would expect to find in the kitchen.

One-to-One Cooking

We hope to be able to continue to provide food boxes giving access to nutritious food in a dignified manner.

With the easing of lockdown Edinburgh Community Food also plan to recommence the lunch service at the Willow Project, giving participants direct access to nutritional advice and cooking skills needed to improve their ability in the kitchen.