Bags of Taste transforms the lives of people with multiple disadvantages by giving them the help and practical support they need to buy and cook tasty, healthy and affordable food. We make it easier for people to improve their diets, health and finances so they can move and stay out of food poverty.
We provide a Mentored Home Cooking Programme that combines personalised help and support at the start, and ongoing peer support to ensure that better dietary habits are sustained for the long term.
We collaborate with public sector commissioners, charities and other partners who share our goal and raise awareness of the many challenges preventing people from enjoying good healthy food.
We believe that everyone should be able to access and cook good food.
We believe that accessing and cooking good food has the ability to change lives for the better.
Personal: We focus on the individual. We are caring, and supportive. We listen to what works for them, and what doesn’t, and adjust accordingly. We build confidence.
Accessible: It’s hard to change habits. We support what’s achievable, and work hard to make it easy to change, by removing as many barriers as possible.
Dignified: We are non-judgemental and give people the dignity to be able to choose what works for them.
Inspirational: People won’t change because they should. They change because they are inspired and motivated. That is our job.
Because we believe everyone should be able to eat good food, we show people that they can make food as tasty as a restaurant or takeaway can – at home – and that cooking and eating well is an essential life skill.
We help people to understand how to get the best value from food; sourcing, preparing, cooking, serving and storing.
We provide value for money to funders because our participants make long-lasting, beneficial changes to their diets and finances.
Every person we work with provides feedback of their experience of working with us, and we use this to improve our delivery.
In it for the long term
We commit to our participants’ futures by providing ongoing support through a peer group community for life. This creates sustained and lasting change.
Health by stealth
We show that food can be tasty and healthy
Impact is all
We constantly measure, evaluate and test to achieve and maintain, the highest impact. This means making sure our work reaches and helps as many people as possible.
It’s not a cookery course
Food is the vehicle we use to help participants develop essential life skills; self-care, budgeting, social skills and confidence.
It also opens minds and opens doors to a better future full of opportunities and possibilities.
Any better is better
For some people, a small change is significant and we believe that small steps can lead to big changes. Changes at home can be a huge breakthrough