Edinburgh Food Social launch Crowdfunding campaign to provide Christmas dinners for those in need

The Edinburgh Food Social has launched a Crowdfunding campaign to offer Christmas dinners to those that need it most.

Published 7th Dec 2020
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

The Edinburgh Food Social has been providing nutritious meals for those in need, and have been kept busy during the pandemic by co-founding the Food for Good campaign.

Established in 2015, the social enterprise offers cookery classes of local, seasonal food, as well as school projects, workshops and community meals.

In 2019, the team launched a Good Food Apprenticeship– a programme giving young people the skills and understanding to create a career for themselves in the food industry.

The Food for Good initiative has been providing individuals and communities with ready-to-heat food.

Food for Good recognised and responded to the need for accessible food for communities in Edinburgh, and were able to cook and distribute over 65,000 meals for those who needed them most.

The Christmas Crowdfunder

The team at Edinburgh Food Social are Crowdfunding to raise £5000 to provide Christmas dinners.

Posting on their Crowduding site, the team wrote: "Many people in Edinburgh aren't in a position to provide a traditional Christmas dinner for their families this year. We’re going to ensure as many folk as possible have a happy Christmas by providing just that.

"But we need your help - with a donation of £5 you can cover the cost of one delicious, nutritious Christmas meal. Our goal is £5000, but we aim to create as many of these meals as we can so every penny counts.

"We are excited about injecting a real buzz back into our community kitchen to provide a delicious, nutritious Christmas dinner for those who need it after what has been an incredibly tough year.

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"We are committed to supporting local growers and suppliers as well as providing work for displaced chefs and helping our local communities during this time.

"We have now offered our support to a number of fantastic Edinburgh organisations including Empty Kitchens Full Hearts, Fresh Start and The Venchie to provide turkey and all of the trimmings to folk in communities across Edinburgh's four localities.

"Not only will we be able to offer a tasty Christmas dinner, but also secure work and meals for a number of chefs who would otherwise have no support this Christmas."

The £5 contribution will help to provide a meal of: Scottish turkey breast, cooked and served with gravy, herby organic roast potatoes, roasted organic root vegetables with honey and mustard, greens, pigs in blankets, oatmeal and herb stuffing balls and Christmas pudding with fresh custard.

The Christmas dinners will be boxed up in compostable packaging.

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To find out more and donate, please visit the Edinburgh Food Social site, here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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