After trading regularly at markets in the North West, we reached our first social impact target – 1,000 foodbank donations!
Shortly after our 1st birthday we were asked to share our story at TEDx Sheffield.
By the summer of 2016 the donated food from our market events had contributed to over 10,000 meals in the North West!
As well as donating food to foodbanks, we had started to teach people how to cook healthy nutritious meals, improve their budgeting skills and provide support with nutrition. By Easter 2017 we had taught our first 50 participants!
This was when we piloted our first ‘buy one, give one’ cookery course in Altrincham. We’ve since expanded the concept to Knutsford, Sandbach, Wilmslow, Manchester and Salford!
A team of interns from Manchester Metropolitan University joined the Bounceback Food team for 2 months in our co-working office in Manchester - they were superb! We now run an annual social enterprise internship programme every summer.
Using specially adapted kitchen equipment we delivered our first cookery courses specifically designed for stroke survivors.
Our ‘Back the book’ crowdfunder launched! During the 2 week campaign we successfully raised the £2,500 required to complete this book with a selection of rewards including supper clubs, honorary memberships and our recently launched corporate ‘cook off’ challenge.
With our community cookery school in full swing, we reached another social impact milestone – over 1,000 people have now learned to cook with us!
We launched our Cooking and Nutrition portal which is giving individuals and organisations access to our range of healthy recipes, meal planning support, budgeting advice and nutritional guidance.
We published our first recipe book, Secret dishes from around the world, after 15 months of designing, illustrating and recipe testing! You can order a hardback copy here in our online store :)
In the coming months we'll be growing our team to deliver more events in all 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester, Cheshire and North Wales. We've also started working on Secret dishes from around the world 2 - find out how we're getting on and get the latest news on our social enterprise blog!
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