Project information

Food Education and Training programmes

We know that food knowledge is declining with each generation and it is costing billions of pounds and millions of lives. The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation exists to educate children and communities on food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies.

Our programmes are delivered throughout the year

Charity information: Jamie Oliver Food Foundation

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  • Need


    We know that food knowledge is declining with each generation, and society is relying on convenience food more than ever. We are losing our ability to make informed food choices, and it is costing billions of pounds and millions of lives. Currently, diet-related health is responsible for around 1 in 10 of all deaths in the UK. Diet-related illness currently costs the NHS over £5.1 billion each year – more than double the cost of the affects of smoking and tobacco use.


    Our Ministry of Food community cooking centres deliver practical, hands-on cooking classes at the heart of their communities, teaching practical cooking skills that enable people to prepare balanced meals from scratch. We also work in schools to provide education materials and support to primary and secondary school children, enabling them to share in the joys of growing and cooking, planting within them a seed for positive eating habits that will last a lifetime.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Teach more people to cook by increasing our delivery of community cooking classes


    » Develop a Ministry of Food Outreach training course
    » Partner with organisations working with groups in the community who are at risk of making poor food choices that impact on their health
    » Deliver exceptional training to our partners so that they can deliver cooking classes in their communities

    What success will look like

    Short term success will be the acquisition of cooking skills and changes in food choices and eating habits.

    Aim 2

    Inspire children across the UK to cook fresh food from scratch


    » Finalise our Kitchen Garden Project resources so that teachers are able to deliver inspiring cooking lessons
    » Create an online community of schools that are able to share best practice and ideas around curriculum requirements for cooking
    » Have the resources available online and accessible to schools nationwide

    What success will look like

    Short term success will be increased uptake of fruit and vegetables, improved food knowledge and cooking skills

  • Impact


    The training and teaching resources will help reduce cases of preventable diet related disease and the consequent impact on the health service. We know that the long term impact of our projects will be seen in years to come when people are living longer, healthier and happier lives.


    There is a risk that training would not reach enough people through schools and our Ministry of Food community centres, to achieve the long term impact of a national reduction in the number of preventable cases of diet related disease. We deal with this risk through our campaigning on both a national and global scale, for the rights of everyone to have better access to food knowledge and essential cooking skills for life.


    Donors to this project can choose to receive an email newsletter and have the opportunity to follow the programmes through our social media. This will raise awareness of our training activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £100,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £40,000 Relationship Management Managing communications and support for Ministry of Food Centres and outreach and 120 schools
      £30,000 Training Full training delivery across all of the foundations programmes
      £20,000 Resource development Creation and testing of materials, recipes and nutrition content
      £10,000 Materials Food for training sessions and cost of kitchen facilities
  • Background


    The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation has championed good food since it started in 2002. As the Foundation has grown, it has become clear that change needs to happen on a national and global scale to reverse the trend in diet related disease. Our Ministry of food centres are located in Leeds, Bradford, Rotherham and Newcastle and our education programmes are located all across the UK.


    MOF trainers will benefit from our training and relationship management.
    800 people every month will benefit from this training through attending the Ministry of Food courses. Communities and family members associated with the people who learn through Ministry of Food will benefit indirectly as their knowledge is passed on.
    120 schools and almost 18,000 primary school children will benefit from the education resources and this number will increase in 2014 as more schools begin the programme.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation is an integral part of the drive for food quality that has made Jamie a household name associated with good food. This inspires people to connect with our programmes, which in turn allows us to teach them the essential cooking skills they need to make better food choices and cook from scratch.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rosanna Bluett

    Rosanna manages Ministry of Food and works closely with all our centres and outreach

    Mandie Turner

    Mandie is Head of Training and writes and delivers all the training across every centre and school related to the Foundation.

    Juliane Caillouette Noble

    Juliane manages all our schools partnerships and educational resource development.