Lincoln College students support local homeless

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Students are using their cooking skills and lending their support to local homelessness charity the ‘Nomad Trust’.

Level 1 Chefs will be cooking up a range of produce in the restaurant kitchen on a Friday, and transforming them into nutritional meals to provide the Nomad Trust’s residents with a decent meal over the weekend. This frees up time for Jane, their chef, to spend a day meal planning for the rest of the week.

The project will not only require students to use their creativity to prepare meals with restricted ingredients, but will teach them how to create complete meals on a reduced budget. The students will also receive feedback on their food, as the residents will be asked to critic the food. This will then be fed back to tutors and students.

The College will have access to an account with local business ‘Fosters Butchers & Bakers’ on Monks Road. Monetary donations to the Nomad Trust can be made in store, then meat will be made available for both the Charity and the students to collect and use to supplement protein in the meals they produce.

Two of the mature students on the programme have also put themselves forward for work experience in the Nomad Trust’s kitchen, to cover Jane while she is on holiday.

The students’ hard work and commitment means that 20 homeless people in Lincoln can receive a warming hot meal on a regular basis.

Learning and Skills Lead, Elayne Shannon said: “The students will be undertaking this project as part of aspects of their study programmes such as, volunteering, British Values and social awareness.

“It also fits in with recycling, reduction of food wastage and health and safety – and is an outstanding example of Lincoln College working with the local community to help address an issue in a positive way that benefits all involved. So it’s a win-win situation.”