Sunday Assembly volunteers get foody with Make Kit!



On a cold sunny January day, seven #HelpOften volunteers gathered in a little-used Community Centre in the heart of Fellows Court, Hoxton, to build tasty and affordable recipe packs for Make Kit.

Make Kit is a pilot Social Enterprise, funded by Kickstarter and supported by NHS England, which is hoping to tackle poor nutrition and obesity in the UK; an epidemic most prevalent among those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Cooks pre-order a Make Kit from the selection of meals on offer that week and then collect their Make Kit from one of a number of accessible locations, such as community centres, nurseries, and community events. Each Make Kit contains a recipe card with picture of the final dish, step by step instructions, and all the pre-measured ingredients cooks need to produce the dish. Working on a partly subsidized model, Make Kit’s goal is to remove the barriers of cost, access and knowledge to healthy, tasty, and affordable meals for everyone.


And so, amongst walls adorned with messages of encouragement and positivity - Be The Change You Want To See In Your Community and It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done - the #HelpOften volunteers spent a heartwarming few hours working together to do their part towards making healthy and delicious food accessible to everyone.


On the menu this week, a choice of: 1. Leek and Spinach Puff Pastry Tart with New Potato Salad 2. West African Peanut Stew with Tomato Rice 3. Salmon Fish Cakes with Brilliant Broccoli Trestle tables overflowed with a fresh bounty of leeks, broccoli, spinach, sweet potatoes and eggs, flours, rice. onions and cheeses. Over cups of tea, tunes and clementines, volunteers organized into three groups (one for each recipe), and then got down to the nitty gritty of sorting, measuring, bagging and tagging the ingredients required for each recipe.

Slowly the assorted piles of fresh foods diminished only to be replaced by minimalist brown paper bags, each one bearing the cook’s name and the recipe kit contained within. A big thanks to Chef Steve who welcomed us all to the table for a family style lunch of vegetable curry and dhal, a really meaningful way to round out the morning.

Bellies satiated and hearts full we parted ways with our own Make Kits to try at home.

*No milk was spilt or eggs broken during the course of producing Make Kit meals (although plenty of tears were shed - cutting onions).

To find out more about Make Kit and how you can get involved go here!