81-year-old former teacher, designer and restauranteur Tony Gibbons set up his Friendly Food Club 15 years ago to improve the confidence and diet of struggling families through fun cookery workshops in local community centres.
From April 2020, Tony took his classes online, creating The Family Cookbox initiative, which contain all the ingredients to make healthy meals, plus quizzes, games and food facts, as well as online recipe videos. They delivered close to 3,400 Family Cookboxes from April to August, and encouraged participants to share their meals on Facebook, which got the families chatting to each other.
Tony focuses on working with families help educate the next generation on cooking nutritious, health food. Teenage mothers, children, ex-prisoners, the elderly, disabled, homeless and socially isolated have all attended free workshops Tony shares his knowledge and passion for cooking.
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