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A Christian based charity delivering food provision, training and education to local communities
By Becky Whale on 14/06/18 | Category - General


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!

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 Gracie Luke on 17/04/16 | Category - General
We talk to Grace Luke, who started as a new food coach this week. She will be running courses in Guildford while Linda will focus on Woking.

Grace Luke - FoodWise Food Coach

What first drew you to the work of FoodWise?

Over the past few months God has been stirring my heart to be more involved with people in our local community.

What led you to join the team?

I have a passion about cooking and enabling others to provide home cooked wholesome meals. When I was approached by Linda (Aston) asking if I would consider working for Foodwise it seemed to be an ideal opportunity to serve others. In talking with Martin (Vodden) I realised that this would be something that would fulfil my ambition to get alongside others and share my knowledge and experience.

What are you most looking forward to when you start?

I’m excited at the prospect of working together with local churches, front line agencies, food banks and other charities to deliver practical help to people within their local communities. I believe this is a great way to make relationships and share God’s love to those around us.

Where will your first course be running?

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.

What is your favourite family meal?

I don’t have a favourite family meal! I love a variety of different foods. For me the best thing about food is how it is eaten. Our family, like most families is very busy and although we sit down and eat together on a daily basis there are times when mealtimes are rushed because somebody is going out. The best times are when we are all together, relaxing and enjoying one another’s company while we eat. For me food tastes better when eaten with family or friends!!!
If your organisation would like to host a course in Guildford please get in touch.

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