Project Food is the new name of Health and Local Food for Families (HALFF) – a registered charity set up to help people, especially those who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and isolated to cook delicious healthy food for themselves and their families.
We aim to encourage them to improve their health (both physical and mental) and prevent ill health by helping them to understand the links between food and health. We achieve this by teaching people to cook simple, nutritious food at hands-on cooking courses, monthly cooking demonstrations and send them monthly newsletters. These cover nutrition, cooking skills, food planning and shopping, food labelling and budgeting. We focus on the needs of the very young, the elderly, the vulnerable, the disadvantaged and isolated people in towns across East Devon, West Dorset and South Somerset.
Our sessions help people to avoid some of the problems linked with being overweight or obese. Obesity increases the chance of being bullied at school and suffering from depression. It is also linked to deprivation, so Project Food works as much as possible with the most disadvantaged groups in the community.
We also work with older people who may already be suffering from high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease to help them to learn to eat better for their health and how to cook.
Our shop and garden in Axminster sells fruit and vegetables and also acts as an information hub for people needing nutritional advice and support.