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 🙂
We put out an open call for artists based in Greater Manchester, Cheshire & North Wales, the 3 regions where our team delivers cookery workshops and outreach work.
Our selection panel chose the 20 artists who feature in Secret Dishes From Around the World 2! They have a wide range of styles and are all at different stages in their careers. We then launched our second ‘Back the Book’ crowdfunding campaign to raise the funds required to commission all of the artists involved and support the development of our community cookery school.
Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic included donating all of our stock to foodbanks, adapting our catering service to deliver meals door to door and pledging 5 million free licenses, which helped us to support people across the UK via our charity partners.
We completed the recipes, photography and additional graphic design work in Secret Dishes From Around the World 2. At the same time, while the country remained in lockdown, the artists submitted their original designs and profiles that feature in the book!
Our Social Enterprise Internship programme ran remotely for the first time, which enabled us to work with a group of talented young people from across the country!
We launched an accompanying podcast to Secret Dishes From Around the World 2 called Share Your Secrets! Episodes included interviews with the artists, Bounceback Food CIC team and people from the featured countries. Check them out here.
We started to deliver online cookery workshops and fundraising events, which allowed people across the UK to book on and join our community cookery school.
We published Secret Dishes From Around the World 2 – get your first edition copy here in our online store!
Community Meal Drives, cookalongs and food sector employment support programmes form part of our response to the third national lockdown.
Our third ‘Back the Book’ crowdfunding campaign raises the funds required to commission 20 arts charities and social enterprises in the 20 UK cities where we’re building delivery teams to produce original artwork for Secret Dishes From Around the World 3.
Our fourth annual Social Enterprise Internship programme welcomes 30 young people from 6 different countries. They work on a variety of marketing, publishing and events projects and help prepare for the launch of our London Community Cookery School team later in the year.
Our holiday hunger outreach work supports young people and their families who receive free school meals during term time. By distributing meals, teaching people how to cook and providing beneficiaries with free access to our Cooking & Nutrition portal our Community Cookery School continues to lead the fight against food poverty on multiple fronts.
Our third fundraiser cookbook, Secret Dishes From Around the World 3, was published at the start of October 2021. To celebrate the publication, we embarked on a nationwide book tour to promote the book. The tour also allowed us to record Season 2 of our Secret Dishes From Around the World podcast, which features interviews with artists and organisers who collaborated with us on the book.
We launched our Reverse Advent Calendar Campaign, encouraging people around the country to donate items to their local food bank. We contacted food banks around the UK to create a Christmas information hub to call out for volunteers and specific food items.
In 2022, we’re focussing on building a Community Cookery School that can support people living in food poverty across the UK – find out how we’re getting on and get the latest news on our social enterprise blog!