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#CoopFortnight - Food Glorious Food, for all communities

Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society is a London-based BME-led social enterprise on a mission to make nutrition and cooking classes accessible to all. During Co-op Fortnight they will bring together people to attend the society’s weekly free cooking and nutrition sessions held in Somers Town, Camden.

The society provides a mixture of free, low-cost, private and corporate classes – and is proudly vegan. Its nutrition and cooking classes and activities are evidence based and in line with Public Health England’s new Eat Well Guide. “Working with the community and bringing a diverse cross section of people together – we’re making a difference,”says Farrah Rainfly, one of the founding directors 

 And that’s what they’ve been doing in local communities in North London since 2016. Lifeafterhummus became a community benefit society in July 2018. And Farrah, along with two other founding directors – Dr Sanjana Jio and Hetal Jani – are launching a membership offer this summer. They’ve hoping the volunteers, supporters and 900 people who’ve benefitted from their free and low cost sessions will buy shares and be part of the society.

“We want Lifeafterhummus to belong to the community and be answerable to the community, and that’s why we’d like the people who volunteer for us and attend our classes to become members. Our plan was to embed ourselves in the community and we’ve targeted the most deprived local areas,” Farrah says.

“We know how to live healthily on the just the basics – and we show people how to take simple ingredients and create healthy, delicious meals.  It’s about eating the way your body was designed to eat and you don’t have to starve yourself or count calories,” says Farrah Rainfly, one of the founding directors. “What we’re teaching is low fat, high fibre – we’re rebuilding people’s relationships with food.”

Lifeafterhummus has ambitious plans to carry on its work educating people from all backgrounds to eat healthily.

“We want our sessions to be on social prescription from the GP. And we want to develop our classes for medical and allied health professionals – teaching them so they can pass on this information. We’re also hoping to regularly run half term and summer holiday sessions for local children, looking at tackling ‘holiday hunger’ in a different way. If we can teach them how to cook, we’re giving them invaluable life skills,” says Farrah.

“We’re making a difference and it makes me even more driven to get the resources in place to make more difference. Co-operation and inclusion are at the heart of what we do, and that’s why we’re supporting Co-operative Fortnight.”

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Written by Jennifer Banks
Updated: 01/07/2019