Grow, Cook, Eat

This programme works with communities experiencing poor diets and food poverty to make healthy living affordable and accessible through food growing and cooking sessions. The sessions use food surplus collected from local businesses to reduce food waste and encourage community solutions to economic hardship. At the end of each session, participants eat together to also tackle social isolation, which can be as damaging to people’s wellbeing as poor diets. Through the sessions we also identify individuals who show a passion or skill for cooking or food growing and offer them the training and support needed to pursue these talents professionally and eventually deliver sessions as part of our team.

Pollards Hill, Mitcham


We've been working on Pollards Hill estate in Mitcham since March 2016. We first delivered a 6 month pilot supported by Merton Council and due to its success we received funding from London Community Foundations and The Evening Standard to continue our work and expand the sessions to the Pollards Hill Youth Centre. Read the article here.


If you’d like to know more about this work; donate surplus food; deliver a cooking session or run Grow, Cook, Eat at your own estate, school, youth club or community organisation, please contact

You can also support this work by buying our beautifully hand-illustrated Grow, Cook, Eat book  or donating here.


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