Food Champions Programme

Food Champions are key to our focus of spreading healthy and sustainable dietary messages. The programme aims to train people to deliver practical cookery sessions and healthy eating workshops to hard-to-reach and vulnerable groups across Lancashire, with successful Food Champions also to be trained and supported to run pop-up cafes in community centres, church halls, etc.

The course covers cookery skills, budgeting, teaching, and group work skills, and upon successful completion, Food Champions are to be provided with ongoing support and further training from our partners.

John Gilmore and Kay Johnson discussing Pumpkin Fest on BBC Radio Lancashire

Pumpkin Fest Event

The Larder’s work didn’t stop following the success of the Disco Soup event. In November 2015, after being contacted by a local farmer who was left with a field of unwanted pumpkins following Halloween, the Larder held an extremely successful Pumpkin Fest on Preston Market – feeding another 400 people and intercepting food sources that would have otherwise gone to waste!

Disco Soup Event

In 2015 the Larder began a food waste campaign in Preston, supporting national drives such as Love Food Hate Waste and Hugh’s War on Waste. This campaign was kicked off in August with Lancashire’s first ever ‘Disco Soup’ event, with dedicated volunteers feeding over 400 people via surplus food donated from supermarkets and local farmers.