Project information

GIVE healthy

GIFT aims to give out healthy raw ingredients to low income families accompanied by recipe cards and tips to encourage healthier eating habits. GIFT will use volunteers from local schools to create these recipe cards and packages in order to promote a culture of giving amongst young people

January 2015 - July 2016

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  • Need

    Need

    Many of the low income families that GIFT supports cannot afford to eat healthy and balanced diets. A study In Canada showed that 30% of low income families do not eat the required amount of fruit and vegetables. This is due to the ease and cheap price of most processed foods. Fruit and vegetables are sometimes hard to come by and the families may struggle to come up with healthy recipes to cook based on the few ingredients that they have.

    Solution

    GIFT's educational team will go into the schools and youth movements to create healthy recipe cards. The students will then pack the necessary ingredients in order for the families to create these recipes. GIFT's volunteer drivers will deliver these healthy food packages to the recipients doors. GIFT will also create healthy snacks (ie. dried fruit and oat bars) in their hands on cooking sessions to be given out to the families that receive food packages from GIFT.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To encourage healthy eating amongst the families that GIFT supports

    Activities

    » Our specialist education team who go into the local schools will create healthy recipes with the students
    » Students will come to the GIFT Warehouse and pack the list of ingredients into food bags.

    Success will be if we are able to distribute healthy food bags with recipe cards once a month


    Aim 2

    Getting young people involved in social action

    Activities

    » Students will pack the food bags in the GIFT warehouse
    » Students will create healthy soups and salads in their GIFT hands on school sessions. these will be distributed to the families that GIFT supports

    Success will be if we have at least 20 students every other week packing food bags in their free time


    Aim 3

    Educating students and families about healthy eating

    Activities

    » all recipes and food bags will contain nutritional information and list some health benefits of certain foods.

    Success will be If the students are able to create their own nutritional information at the end of the project due to understanding the health benefits of various foods


  • Impact

    Impact

    We hope to encourage a pattern of healthy eating amongst the families that GIFT supports. GIFT hopes to demonstrate success after the project finishes using feedback forms and phone calls. GIFT also hopes to have gained more students regularly volunteering their time to help others as a result of this project.

    Risk

    There is a risk that we may not have students volunteering their time and help to this project. We have dealt with this in the past by getting in touch with the schools that we are connected to and asking for a class to come during school time to pack the food.

    Reporting

    Donors will receive a monthly report summarising what has been given out in the food bags and how many students were involved in the packing. We will also list any positive feedback receive in the past month and include pictures of the food packing sessions.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £14,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £12,000 healthy food supplement 6 months of healthy food added to the food bags
      £900 advertising & printing advertising for food packers and requesting healthy food
      £1,600 school ingredients needed to make healthy food in schools for 6 months
  • Background

    Location

    GIFT sends food packages to 198 families who struggle to afford food in London. London has an extremely high cost of living and therefore affording healthy food is very hard for our families. Families in London are also less likely to be exposed to many home grown fruits and vegetables with the majority of them living in flats. We would like to change their attitude towards healthy food.

    Beneficiaries

    GIFT feeds 198 Jewish families in London. The cost of keeping kosher is extremely expensive and therefore the majority of the families food budget is spent on keeping kosher. The Jewish diet is sometimes high in calories and filled with sugary treats. We would like to balance this with healthy foods. The students who are volunteering will also benefit by learning about social action and getting involved in charity projects

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have the infrastructure in place already, We send out the food bags to the families and are extremely successful. We have very strong links with the local primary and secondary schools and are currently in a different school every day. The families that we support have very high levels of trust in us and we give the food out in a discreet and non invasive way.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Shoshi Gurvits

    As the food coordinator Shoshi is responsible for the families that GIFT helps and coordinates drivers to deliver the food packages to peoples houses

    Shira Joseph

    As the Schools coordinator Shira is responsible for the education sessions and content and ensures we have teenagers signed up to pack the food bags