Six sustainable food enterprises nurturing wellbeing
We've supported some truly inspiring sustainable food enterprises through our Student Eats programme. Here's how some participants feel about their projects' impacts on wellbeing.
Watering down student stress
Growhampton and This Is Our Jam, University of Roehampton
"Many of the student volunteers at our Learn to Cook sessions have expressed that the project has been useful in relieving the stress and pressure of university life. One member of our team says this: 'When This Is Our Jam started out, I didn't know anything about setting up an enterprise. But together, the team got the enterprise up and running, and I learnt a lot along the way. We are proud and happy to be a part of This Is Our Jam. Because of this, I now dare to walk into more unknown territory - I know I can handle what comes my way, I also know that the people around me will support me.""
Branched, Kings College London
"The refugee participants have gained self-confidence and experienced improved wellbeing with the skills they have gained through our Food and Health Safety course."
Revive, University of Leeds
"Our group as a whole has been a lot more conscious of our wasted food and the look of fruit and vegetables in our shops since starting our food co-op planning. This has led an overall improved sense of observation and thoughtfulness about where our food comes from which has led to better wellbeing."
Sweet business savvy
We're Jamming, City of Liverpool College
"Members of the enterprise who have engaged in the project have gained confidence in selling, marketing and development of products. At the start, staff noticed that members were very reluctant to sell or even speak to potential customers but eventually the members were actively selling and taking customers' details for the database."
Penryn Produce, Falmouth and Exeter Students' Union
"We believe we have all grown in confidence - particularly in terms of our self-belief in being able to get our co-op going! We've developed our networking too, which will be valuable as we continue with our project."
Pollinating open minds
Collective Nourishment, University of Portsmouth
"We feel as though the core team have really gained new insights into alternative ways of living, and this has empowered each of us. Self-belief is at a high due to the understanding we've gained from working on Collective Nourishment, and knowing we can all contribute to something greater than ourselves."