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Food for Life

Free cooking groups for everyone in Hackney who wants to learn about eating well on a budget.

Why come?

Food for Life runs cooking groups across Hackney, and they're all completely FREE! Whether you’re an expert cook or you’re new to cooking, ‘Food for Life’ groups will help you prepare quick, tasty, affordable meals.

The recipes are easy to understand and use fresh, everyday ingredients that are in season. The groups are led by tutors and volunteers, who know lots about food and eating well.

Who can come?

Everyone in Hackney! There are special groups for adults, children, new mums, families, and stroke survivors, so everyone can get the help they need to learn.

You don’t need to know how to cook, our friendly tutors and volunteers will support you every step of the way.

There are also healthy tips and tricks for more advanced cooks and chance to share your recipes.

When and where are the courses?

Each group is around 2 hours long. The courses usually last 6 weeks. Groups take place in community centres and halls across Hackney, including:

  • Shoreditch Trust Healthy Living Centre in Hoxton
  • Banister House Community Hall in Homerton
  • Stamford Hill Community Centre
  • New Kingshold Community Centre near Hackney Central

Get in touch if you would like to request a cookery course in your school, youth group or community centre.

What should I bring?

You do not need to bring anything. We’ll provide all of the equipment and ingredients.

Please wear comfortable shoes with closed toes, no high heels, and a good grip (e.g. trainers or sneakers). You will need to tie your hair back if it is long.

How much does it cost?

All of the groups are free. The courses are funded by Hackney Council as part of the One You programme.

How can I book or find out more?

Join our mailing list to receive information about the next courses.

To book a place email or call 020 7033 8529.

Meet the team
Jane Hunter
Jane Hunter
Food for Life Delivery Coordinator
Katie  Edmondson
Katie Edmondson
Food for Life Project Manager
Olivia  Woodward
Olivia Woodward
Food for Life Assistant Project Manager
Join Our Community

Book onto a Cook and Eat Course:
Contact us:
020 7033 8529.

Volunteer or become a Sessional Worker:
We provide training and support to everyone that works with us, enabling workers to gain additional skills and experience during their time with us. Find out more about positions available on our Jobs page.

Enquire about Waterhouse Cookery School:
Contact Katie Edmondson:
020 7033 8505.

Find out more about one-off events and workshops:
Contact Olivia Woodward:
020 7033 8529.