ACT receives donations from both Tesco in Aylsham & Waitrose in North Walsham as part of the Fareshare scheme, using as much of the donated goods as possible within our freshly prepared lunches.

Back in January one of our Orange Blossom cafe team, Amanda, took part in a Community Cookery School led by Jamie Oliver himself. In partnership with Jamie Oliver and FareShare, Tesco‚Äôs Community Cookery School teaches cooks from these schemes how to make the most out of surplus food donations to help stop good food going to waste. Tesco paid for the transport and her accommodation. On the day she was picked up from hotel and taken to their training centre at Welwyn Garden City. Through the courses, the cooks were taught how to make the most of their food donations with specially-developed nutritious recipes, giving cooks in communities across the UK the skills and knowledge to make the most of every donation that arrives at their kitchen door.

Amanda and the other participants on the course were hands-on producing curries for each other. They were given training by nutritionists, who gave them advice on cooking in any environment from schools to soup kitchens, showing people the skills they could use to make sure nothing was wasted and giving them the initiative to make the best of what they had.

Amanda said they spirit among everyone was fantastic, and they learned a lot from each other as well as the professional staff at the event. Jamie was there and met every individual to ask them about their own community project, find out what issues they were having and how he could help. He also tasted the food that everyone had cooked! 

Well done Amanda - Your enthusiasm and thoughtfulness is brilliant and we are very proud of you.

Amanda + Jamie