Ruth Boughton is our newest Food Coach. Get to know her below and find out why she chose to work for FoodWise.
What drew you to work for FoodWise?
I enjoy being with people and cooking and feel strongly about getting good quality food to families that are struggling. The way FoodWise courses are taught means that the sessions have a long-term impact and people are also able to stay in touch and get future support.
Tell us a bit about your background?
I started cooking at Crusader camps and then became a caterer at Saint Saviours in Guildford. I combine my work with FoodWise with my own gardening business and really enjoy seeing the journey of food from garden to plate.
What have you enjoyed most so far?
I love seeing the impact the courses have on people who come in with no experience or confidence. To see the thrill on people’s faces when they’ve cooked something and their family has said how much they have enjoyed it is wonderful. One client has commented ‘Why do we need takeaways when we can cook like this?’ That was a great result.
What is your favourite meal?
I love being creative with food and throwing a meal together from what’s in the fridge. As well as that I love a good cheeseboard with a glass of wine!
Rebecca Whale, our new Partnership Manager introduces herself.
Hi, 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.
My first course starts on April 21st when I will be assisting Linda at the Sythwood Surestart Centre in Woking. We will be working with young mums encouraging them to cook healthy meals for their families, using fresh ingredients as opposed to bought ready meals or take-aways, even on a restricted budget.
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