We are so proud to say that over the past 17 years we’ve donated over £850,000 to charities who care for people and the planet just like we do!
One way in which we give back is through our Happy Childhood Fund, which aims to help children living in poverty through three different pillars: Hunger, Shelter and Nature.
This year we have decided to support:
This Autumn we’re focusing on Hunger charity projects. And we’re super excited to announce that we’re not just supporting one charity, but two amazing charities that will benefit from Frugi’s Happy Childhood Fund: Square Food Foundation and Polbeth Community Hub!
Square Food Foundation
We will be supporting Square Food Foundation, a cookery school and community kitchen based in Bristol. As well as offering free, face-to-face cookery classes and courses, their Virtual Cooking Club delivers DIY meal kits to local children and families who might struggle to access in person services and activities. This incredible weekly service provides local families with all the ingredients and instructions they need to cook a healthy and delicious recipe. The virtual cooking club was born during the COVID-19 pandemic, as something fun and productive for families to do together to alleviate the tensions and boredom of lockdown.
“The pandemic showed us just how important it is to be able to cook for yourself and your family. When lockdown was announced and schools closed, we knew that people in our community would be facing huge pressure to keep their children fed. We launched the #SquareMeals appeal to not only provide families with daily, nourishing meals, but also to set up the virtual cooking club as a way of building up community skills and resilience.”
This charity uses food and cooking to improve health, reduce hunger and bring people together.
Each recipe kit contains pre-weighed ingredients and instructions for a family dish. With your support, we will be funding 25 kits over 24 weeks – that’s 600 kits and lots of full, happy tummies!
Importance of Family Meals
Square Food Foundation teaches people to cook to reduce hunger in their community, and to support children and families to spend fun, quality time together. The virtual cooking club empowers families to cook and eat together, with none of the worries over cost or waste.
Here is a yummy recipe from Square Food Foundation’s Online Recipe Tutorials for you to try at home with your families. Tuck in and enjoy!
Pasta with Pesto and Vegetables
The Italian word pasta means ‘paste’ in English and it is made out of a paste of flour and water or eggs. And the word pesto comes from another Italian word ‘pestare’ – which in English means to crush or make a paste.
We suggest you read through the recipe first. You can get the kids involved by getting them to check they have all the ingredients from the list and find the equipment they’ll need. Also make sure hands are washed!
- A chopping board
- A kitchen knife
- A small bowl
- A colander
- A frying pan
- A large saucepan
- A wooden spoon
- Plates or bowls to serve
For the pesto
- 2 garlic cloves
- 100g toasted hazelnuts or walnuts or almonds
- 50g rocket
- 50g basil
- 50g grated parmesan
- Juice of half a lemon
- 4 – 6 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
For the pasta and vegetables
- 50g cannellini beans
- 1 large or 2 small courgettes
- 1 clove of garlic
- 80g dried pasta per grown-up (that’s about 2 adult handfuls)
- 60g dried pasta per small person (that’s 2 small person handfuls)
WHAT TO DO
- First, make the pesto. On a large chopping board, crush the garlic and chop to a paste with a pinch of salt. Crush the nuts, into coarse but evenly sized pieces and then chop them into the garlic.
- Remove the thicker stalks from the basil and rocket. Bunch both the rocket and basil together on the chopping board and chop them into the garlic and nuts until everything is quite finely chopped.
- Add the parmesan, lemon juice, olive oil, pepper and salt and mix well on the chopping board until all the ingredients are well combined. Transfer to a little bowl.
- Now prepare the courgettes and cannellini beans.
- Tip the can of cannellini beans into the colander. Rinse the beans under cold running water and leave to drain.
- Dice the courgettes into 1cm pieces. Heat a frying pan over a medium-low heat and fry the courgettes in a little oil until just brown. Slice the garlic very finely and add them to the courgettes.
- When the garlic is also golden, add the beans, cook for 2 minutes longer and leave to one side to keep warm.
- Cook the pasta. Bring a big pan of salted water to the boil, add the pasta, stir it gently to make sure the pasta doesn’t stick together and cook for one minute less than it says on the packet and then check to see if it is cooked; it might need another 1 minute or even 2 minutes or it might be already just right.
- Drain the pasta carefully through a colander and transfer it back to the pan.
- Add the courgette and beans mixture and mix gently.
- Serve onto warm plates or bowls with the pesto and maybe some more grated parmesan. Enjoy!
Other ingredient ideas! Traditional Italian pesto is made with basil, pinenuts and parmesan but you can make it with many other herbs and nuts and cheeses too. This recipe has both basil and rocket in it – both of which you could easily grow on a window sill. You could replace the rocket with watercress too. You can also use any other dried pasta for this recipe including spaghetti. And almost any vegetables work with this dish too.
Think about the seasons: • Peas or runner beans or green beans in Summer • Squash, sweetcorn or fresh tomatoes in the Autumn • Beetroot, swede or cabbage in the Winter • Spring greens, asparagus, new potatoes in the Spring!
Polbeth Community Hub
Sitting between Glasgow and Edinburgh, Polbeth Community Hub is an incredible community shop and fridge that are doing amazing things to help tackle hunger poverty within their community. As part of the FareShare initiative, their main aim is for zero food waste! Having already invested in a community composter and zero packaging dispensers within their shop, they offer many services and facilities such as their assistant packages for families and individuals in the community.
We will be supporting Polbeth Community Hub with their continuing efforts to help families with young children. Relying mostly on kind donations, they often get products that focus primarily on adults and older children but are always in demand for baby focused items, such as baby milk and food for their assistance packages. With your help, we will be able to ensure that Polbeth Community Hub has the resources they need to make sure that no child goes without what they need!
Did you know? "In the first year of the HUB community fridge, [they] saved 15 tonnes of food from going to landfill – this is the equivalent of 7 elephants!”
With the Coronavirus outbreak and the general rush to stockpile pantry necessities that took over the nation, foodbanks have been struggling with less than usual donations.
Every one of us can help children in hunger poverty by heading down to our local food bank with a few necessities that children cannot go without. Remember to check in with your local food bank to see what products they are most in need of beforehand!
Every little thing you buy from Frugi really does help to make a BIG difference. Find out more here!
Last March we focused on Nature projects with our chosen charity, Wild Things, learn more about this wonderful charity here.
And a MASSIVE thank you to all the amazing charities that applied for our HCF Hunger fund, you are all doing such important and wonderful work!