Take & Make is a project developed between The Mayor’s Fund for London and Turnells. It provides high quality recipe boxes that contain fresh ingredients and step by step instructions on how to make a healthy vegetarian dish for a family of four.
Supplying 11 London councils over the Easter holidays, The Mayor’s Fund for London and Turnells have together delivered over 200,000 meals across London over the pandemic. Take & Make boxes further maximise support to children, young people and their families at risk of food insecurity – including to those without free school meals eligibility – particularly when children are outside of school during either school holidays or further lockdown scenarios.
Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London, said: “It is scandalous that children and families are still struggling to access good healthy food. I’m therefore delighted that our Take & Make boxes are being rolled out across London in partnership with so many local authorities. As the pandemic continues, the need for all children to be able to access high quality cooked food remains imperative and one we will not ignore until the issues are solved at national level.”
The Kitchen Social programme has been working hand in hand with independent company Dealmaker, trading as Turnells. Suraj Thakrar from Dealmaker said: “We’re very proud to be the fulfilment partner of the Take & Make initiative with the Mayor’s Fund for London. With children spending more time at home, we’re pleased to play a role in the development of
life skills through food education. The recipes are varied in nutrition, cuisine and skill and offer participants multiple learning opportunities. It’s been a real pleasure to hear how delighted the children are to uncover their ingredients, and that the boxes mean families are cooking together more regularly and trying out new, healthy recipes.” Turnells is proud to have met the unique needs of The Mayor’s Fund with the Take & Make programme, and is always looking to create innovative solutions to food supply needs.