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A Christian based charity delivering food provision, training and education to local communities
By Becky Whale on 01/01/18 | Category - Food

FoodWise was delighted to be able to help CAP clients from Woking and Guildford with their Christmas meal back in December. We delivered turkey crowns to people across the towns who would otherwise have struggled affording this expensive item for their Christmas lunch. It was wonderful to see the joy this gift brought to people in need, and the relief for the parents of families who may otherwise have gone without. Jane Seals of CAP commented ‘Our clients were blown away by your generosity”. FoodWise is particularly grateful to Prince and Sons butchers in Horsell for kindly donating the turkeys at cost price. This initiative was so successful we are already planning to go ahead with further turkey donations in Christmas 2018. If you can help in anyway, please get in touch!

By Becky Whale on 30/10/17 | Category - Cookery Courses

Burpham FC serve foodFoodWise teamed up with Burpham Football Club to cook for older people in the local community this weekend.

Around thirty guests gathered at Burpham church on Sunday evening to enjoy a home cooked meal of cottage pie and apple and blackberry crumble, brought to them by Burpham FC players including Edward Murphy, Christopher Jackson and coach Scott Kemp.

Barbie, one of the guests, commented, ‘It was lovely to see the Burpham Football guys and we really appreciate the hours that have gone into preparing all the delicious food."

FoodWise is delighted to have Burpham Footballers working alongside them to highlight the charity’s work. Scott commented "It’s great to give something back and reach out in the local community. This kind of partnership working is a great way to build bridges. It doesn’t have to always be about money, it’s also about giving your time.”

Burpham FC at Burpham Church
 Burpham FC and FoodWise Working Together


Edward Murphy and Scott Kemp from Burpham Football Club with Gracie Luke and Ruth Boughton from FoodWise.

By Becky Whale on 01/09/17 | Category - Cookery Courses

FoodWise has had a great time working with Broadmere Primary Academy this year. The school is located in Sheerwater where child poverty levels are as high as 34%.

In the summer term our Food Coach Gracie worked with Year 4 and 6 children teaching healthy eating and making delicious vegetable curry and ratatouille. The children took great pride in taking home their cooking for dinner. The children learnt about where food comes from, what’s good for us, and how simple it is to cook up a healthy meal with a few basic ingredients. We were delighted to have feedback from the kids including ‘Can we do this again?’ ‘ It was amazing.’ and a great tip from one of them ‘If you make something you’ve never tried, try it, it could be nice!’. The children even got bags of the ingredients to take home at the end of term so they could make the meal again over the holidays.

We followed this up with some family lunches in the summer holidays, hosted at St Michael’s Church, just opposite the school. These were open to all families in the community.  Fun activities included making place mats and chopping fruit, before joining together for a healthy lunch. We received lovely comments about the welcoming, friendly atmosphere and it was great to work in partnership with St Michael’s and Christ Church Woking, to reach out to our local community.

By Rebecca Whale on 04/01/17 | Category - General

Rebecca Whale, our new Partnership Manager introduces herself.

Partnership ManagerHi, I’m Becky and I am delighted to have joined the FoodWise team. I’ve spent a lot of the last 20 years working in politics, local government and charities, so I’ve always been keen to do what I can to help others, and that’s what drew me to FoodWise.

As a mother of two young children, it troubles me that others of their age are living in hunger. Recent statistics from the End Child Poverty Campaign reveal that in some areas of Woking and Guildford child poverty levels are as high as 34%. In an otherwise affluent part of the UK, the voices of those suffering food poverty and hunger on a daily basis need to be heard and action taken.

FoodWise’s mission is to get into these areas, offering practical support and help that gives local people the cooking and budgeting skills to make a difference to their lives and those of their family.


In my first month I’ve been out talking to Food Banks, schools, local community workers, homeless projects and housing associations, getting to grips with the need and working out how best our Food Coaches can help.

We already have some great partnerships, with The Lighthouse in Woking and with Woking Borough Council, to mention just a couple, and I look forward to building many more in 2017.

By Linda Aston on 11/10/16 | Category - Events

Living Well Week

Living Well Week is a community wide event, organised by Woking Borough Council. Open to everyone, the week is designed to encourage people to make small changes in lifestyle habits that can have a positive impact on future health and wellbeing.

As part of Living Well Week, Foodwise will be running a free introductory cookery session at The Lighthouse, between 1pm and 3pm on Monday 17th October.

Participants will be invited to sign-up for a five-week course starting Monday 31 October, 1pm, in the kitchens at the H.G. Wells Conference and Events Centre.

Unhealthy lifestyles & behaviours causing early death

Around 40% of all deaths in the UK are caused by unhealthy lifestyles and behaviours. According to a Lancet study Britain's obesity levels are the second worst in Europe, with six in ten adults obese. Poor diet is fuelling diseases such as type two diabetes, with a 60 per cent rise in cases over the past decade, and obesity is on course to overtake smoking as the leading cause of cancer.

The good news is it’s never too late to make a change, and even a small change can make a big difference to our wellbeing. Living healthily in midlife can double your chances of being healthy at 70 and beyond. Living Well Week is a chance to take time out to focus on our health, to reappraise our lifestyles and to get help where needed.

For full details of what's on during Living Well Week, please download the brochure.


By Grace Luke on 14/09/16 | Category - Food

The kids have been back at school for a week already! If they don't have school dinners now's the time to double check that you are sending them off with a healthy packed lunch.

Healthy Packed Lunch










Eating a healthy balanced diet is important to every child’s growth and development. Having a varied diet will help your child to eat more healthily. Here are some ideas to help you encourage your child/children to eat a healthy lunch. Why not get them to help you prepare it – children love to get involved and are more likely to eat something that they have been involved in preparing.

A healthy packed lunch should include:-
  1. A portion of starchy food such as white or wholemeal bread, pitta, wrap, rice, pasta, couscous.
  2. A portion of protein such as sliced meat, fish, egg, or meat alterantives:- pulses, beans or chickpeas
  3. A portion of fruit such as apple, pear, grapes, melon, satsuma, strawberries etc, and a portion of vegetables such as carrot, celery, pepper or cucumber sticks. Peas, sweetcorn, grated carrot in sandwiched or salads.
  4. A portion of dairy such as yoghurt or cheese.
  5. A drink. Water or milk is the most healthy option

Winning menus

Here are a few tasty ideas to ring the changes with your child's packed lunch or visit Change4Life web site for loads more.

  • Pitta pocket (you can now buy pitta squares – even easier to fill!) Fill with cheese, ham and cucumber, tuna and sweetcorn
  • Bagel – cream cheese or tuna make a great filling for bagels
  • Houmous with veg sticks – carrot, celery, cucmber, sweet peppers, baby corn
  • Cheese dip – with veg sticks or bread sticks
  • Pasta salad – add chopped cooked chicken, ham or some tuna to some pasta, stir in some veg (peas or green beans, sweetcorn, chopped cucumber, chopped peppers and mix together with mayonnaise or some tomato sauce. A great way to use up leftovers
  • Couscous – add cooked meat or tuna and some vegetables
  • Frittata – Frittata is a great way to use up whatever veg you have in the fridge and makes a lovely meal hot or cold. Although the recipe below has peppers and peas in I often use green beans, sweetcorn, courgette, broccoli (anything works – just give it a try!!) You could even put in a handful of grated cheese. Click for Recipe

Researchers from the University of Leeds have found that just one in five packed lunches (for primary aged children) contain a vegetable or any salad, and just 1.6% meet current nutritional standards. Although it may take a while for your children to get used to a healthier lunchbox, it will be worth it for their health - so keep trying even if you have to start with small changes at first.


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