All posts tagged: food banks

PUBLICATION DAY! Tin Can Cook is here!

It’s the day I have finally, eagerly been waiting for since I first pitched this book around eight months ago to my publisher, Carole at Bluebird (Pan Macmillan) – Tin Can Cook has hit the shelves this morning!   It’s currently, at the time of writing, sitting at #2 overall in the Amazon bestseller books chart – quite a feat for something I thought was going to be ‘pretty niche but sadly necessary’. Readers have written to me to tell me it is sold out in some of their branches of WHSmiths (they are getting more – see below for where else to buy it if this is the case!) I popped into my local Asda and cheekily spread it across the top shelf to make a jolly bright display this morning, scampering off giggling to myself. It’s fair to say I am having a lovely day!   The crowdfunder to send it to foodbanks has raised £30,000 – with 6,500 confirmed copies being sent out and the remaining money being donated either as cash …

[UPDATE!] Your GoFundMe Donations for getting Tin Can Cook to foodbanks

A quick update on the GoFundMe page for donating copies of Tin Can Cook to foodbanks. Thank you so much for the support you’ve given to this project so far. I have an exciting update today which means that your generous donations will cover more tinned goods and more copies of Tin Can Cook than I originally worked out.   The total donation at the time of writing is £23,977, (less the GoFundMe admin fee of £916.63 – which I have no control over) making a whopping £23,060.37 donated. This entire amount is going to be used to supply books to food banks.    I originally cautiously estimated that every £9 donated would cover 1 copy of Tin Can Cook and 3 cans of food, which would have covered 2,562 books and 7686 cans.   However, two great things have happened which mean your donations will actually go further, supplying more cans and more books to Trussell Trust food banks than originally estimated.   Heinz have kindly agreed to donate 10,000 cans for free to this project – 2,314 more than …

Top 5 Tips For Eating Healthily On A Budget (and the limitations)

On Sunday, after the Government announced new measures to attempt to tackle the correlation between poverty and obesity, I found myself suddenly on the end of literally dozens of enquiries from journalists and reporters, asking me for a response to the news. I couldn’t get around to all of them; but wrote this for BBC News on the hidden complexities of attempting a one-size-fits-all strategy, and my top five tips for eating well on a low budget. There are many complex reasons why cooking and eating healthily on a low budget can present a challenge for people, and unless you have lived that life, some of them can be unimaginable. Some people have complex dietary needs, such as coeliac disease, IBS, lupus, or other illnesses that lead to digestive complications. Autoimmune diseases do not discriminate by salary; people who live in poverty do have to contend with them too. In other circumstances, people may lack cooking facilities, in houses of multiple occupancy, student halls, domestic abuse and homelessness shelters. They may have shoddy landlords renting …

food bank image of woman holding tins

The Only Way Is Ethics?

Choosing a vegan diet is a privilege. ‘But some of the poorest diets in the world are vegan’, I hear you cry. And there, dear reader, does the distinction lie. A diet dictated by poverty is not a choice. A diet lacking in meat and dairy products for wont of the finances, resources and availability of them, is not the same as having access to these products and choosing not to use them.

The Hunger Names: Handing in 130,000-signature petition to the Houses of Parliament (Daily Mirror coverage)

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