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How your cooking skills can help a charity or cause

Do you love to cook? Enjoy making meals and treats for others to enjoy? Want to help those less fortunate than yourself?  Then maybe it is time to consider using your culinary skills in a new way!

Many people like the idea of helping a charity or cause close to their heart, but lots of people struggle with the idea of where to start. However, if you know how to cook, there are many amazing opportunities to get involved.

These days, all you need to do is cast your eyes across the pages of any social media platform to know just how many great amateur cooks there are out there – producing amazing, healthy meals or stunning sweet treats in their own kitchens.

Competent cooks in demand in the third sector

But did you ever stop to think that being a whizz in the kitchen could come in handy when it comes to helping others? Great cooks are in demand when it comes to charity work and there are a number of ways in which someone with great cooking ability can use their talents to help a charity of cause.

If you are a competent cook, you may wish to consider donating your time and skills to a charity that works with the elderly or homeless. Consider offering to cook for a pensioners’ lunch club – these regular meetings provide much-needed social interaction for people who might otherwise become isolated in their old age – or offer to help create hot meals for those who will spend their nights sleeping on the streets.

Passing on cooking knowledge to the next generation

If you enjoy cooking for your family, why not pass on the skills you have learned to a new generation by volunteering with an organisation that supports young families. Volunteers can help new parents learn how to make simple, nutritious and cost-effective meals for all the family, and work with them to develop confidence in the kitchen.

Of course, you may wish to take a more traditional route into cooking for charity – for example, by holding a bake sale. Get together with a group of cooking friends to create a range of sweet treats, which can be sold to raise money for your chosen cause, which could be anything from a local school to the Penny Appeal – a charity whose mission is to use “Small Change” to make a “Big Difference” across the world.

Amateur chefs encouraged to organise events

A number of charities across the country encourage amateur chefs to organise events where they can showcase their culinary prowess at the same time as raising money and awareness. For example, some charities encourage bakers to supply the nibbles for a coffee morning, while others encourage cooks to consider putting on a tea party in aid of their cause.

Whatever cause you are looking to support, if you are a competent cook it is likely that your skills can be used to help – whether that be by fundraising or providing practical assistance.

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