Caring Cooks exist to educate and empower children in Jersey to grow, cook and eat healthy food in order to live healthier lives, both in childhood and in the future. We do this by seeking to educate, inspire and support them and their families.
The reality for as many as 1 in 5 families is that they don’t have enough money to buy healthy food, in particular fresh fruit and vegetables, and some don’t even have the facilities to cook food. As a result, according to the States of Jersey Lifestyle Survey 2017, as many as 1000 children in Jersey may go without a hot meal every day due to lack of money and a lack of understanding about healthy food and how to cook it.
Jersey has one of the highest rates of working mothers in Western Europe and as such, the time constraints of busy parents create another barrier to healthy eating. A large proportion of Jersey schoolchildren are failing to receive the nutrition they need to grow healthy bodies and minds. This is evidenced by the fact that 1 in 3 11 year olds leave school overweight or obese and 85% remain that way into adulthood.
Caring Cooks seek to alter this trend through our programmes of education and support.
- 1 in 3 11 year olds leave school overweight or obese and 85% remain that way into adulthood
- Jersey has one of the highest rates of working mothers in Western Europe (2010 figure was 82%)
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