Morecambe school given slow cookers for families to cook meals during half term

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Morecambe Bay Community Primary School is just one of two schools in the UK to be selected for a campaign to provide free slow cookers and donations to cover ingredients to families during the February half-term holiday.

General Mills has launched its ‘One Pot Wonders’ pilot with Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge and Greggs Foundation and is inspired by the business’s involvement in Marcus Rashford’s Child Food Poverty Task Force during 2020.

The pilot will help provide nutritious meals to 24 families from Morecambe Bay Community Primary School, Lancashire and Tidemill Academy in Deptford, London, the two schools selected for the trial.

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Tom Kerridge, has developed a series of six healthy and easy-to-make recipes to accompany the slow cookers and help families prepare tasty meals.

Morecambe Bay Primary School. Photo: Google Street ViewMorecambe Bay Primary School. Photo: Google Street View
Morecambe Bay Primary School. Photo: Google Street View

The recipe book includes delicious staples such as bean chilli and winter warmers like stews.

The pilot is aimed at helping reduce child food poverty in the UK and will act as an extension of General Mill’s partnership with Greggs Foundation through their Breakfast Club programme who, during term time, provide nutritious breakfasts to schoolchildren across the country.

By providing free slow cookers, ingredients and recipe cards, the campaign pilot seeks to help build the foundations of nutritious, affordable home cooking.

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Marcus Rashford, MBE, England International Footballer said: “It’s great to see members of the Taskforce working together on initiatives to support our most vulnerable children, and identifying solutions to alleviate fear and stress during school holidays. I’ll be watching very closely to determine the success of the pilot scheme. A special thank you to Tom for lending his time.

“I am pleased to see companies such as General Mills step in to help alleviate the child food poverty problem we have in the UK. We all have our parts to play in making sure that children don’t go hungry.”

Ben Pearman, VP Managing Director of Northern Europe at General Mills, said: “Supporting an end to child food poverty by helping families cook healthy and nutritious meals is a natural move for us a global food company.

“We are thrilled that Marcus Rashford is supporting ‘One Pot Wonders’ and delighted that Tom Kerridge has provided healthy and hearty recipes for the families involved.”

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Tom Kerridge, Michelin-starred chef, said: “As a chef and supporter of Marcus Rashford’s Task Force, developing easy to create and tasty meals for families, especially when parents are juggling many roles, has been incredibly rewarding.

“I hope this recipe book gives families the confidence to cook, and create homemade meals with the slow cookers they have received.”