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Donations needed for cooking scheme

Monday 15th April 2013

Cookware is needed by a charity to help communities learn cooking skills and improve their health and wellbeing.
 
In Kind Direct's wish list includes 700 saucepans, 2,000 frying pans and 500 kettles.
 
There is also a demand for 600 pressure cookers, 150 casserole dishes and 120 food processors.
 
The charity,  which sources donations of new products and redistributes them to UK charities to save them being thrown away, has seen a sharp increase in demand for cookware from charities and Let's Get Cooking Clubs.
 
Let’s Get Cooking, led by national charity the Children’s Food Trust, was set up six years ago with money from the Big Lottery Fund.
 
The partnership between In Kind Direct and Lets Get Cooking has resulted in more than 100 Let’s Get Cooking clubs receiving £107,000 worth of cooking equipment.
 
The equipment has helped more than 9,500 children and adults learn how to cook nutritious and affordable meals from scratch and how to make well-informed choices about the food they eat.
 
Rob Rees MBE, professional chef and chairman of the Children's Food Trust, said: “In Kind Direct’s support is saving our clubs money and also means they can reach out to more members of their local community to give them the opportunity to join in and improve their cooking skills, which is exactly what Let's Get Cooking is all about.”
 
To meet the increased demand, In Kind Direct needs to double the donations it received in 2012 and is appealing for donations of cookware from manufacturers and retailers.
 
It also needs 1,400 cutlery sets, 1,200 mugs, 2,500 tins/trays, 750 coffee makers, and 150 teapots.
 
To date, In Kind Direct has helped 6,000 charities access products including household goods, cookware and other kitchen essentials, which charities use to run their services or give out to the people they support. 
 
To donate stock, call In Kind Direct on 020 7398 5510 or email donations@inkinddirect.org.

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