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Life after hummus: Vegan healthy cooking course looks for funders

Six month funding from North London Waste Authority coming to an end

14 November, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Farrah Rainfly, third from left, with the volunteers 

A FREE healthy vegan cooking course celebrating a year of running classes in Somers Town is looking for new funders.

Farrah Rainfly, director of Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society, says the work they are doing is reducing waste, improving both mental and physical health and helping tackle food poverty.

Ms Rainfly, who lives on the Maiden Lane estate, trained in healthy eating and realised that one of the biggest prob­lems was that people can­not afford cooking classes.

The 38-year-old said: “So what do you do when people who need it the most can’t afford £30 to £35, which is sort of like the standard in London? But even if you look at those, they’re not really hands-on classes. They’re not everyday home cooking. And that’s what people are looking for.”

The initiative sees residents of all ages and backgrounds from across London travel to Somers Town Community Association in Ossulston Street to learn about healthy, plant-based eating on Monday evenings.

Food comes from The Felix Project – which collects fresh food that can’t be sold from supermarkets – as well as low-cost produce from Ted’s Veg, which is cooked by groups on the tables.

Ms Rainfly said the North London Waste Authority had been “fantastic” in funding them so far, and were looking for other sources of income once the six-month arrangement finishes at the end of December.

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