Joining up with Stay & Learn at Old Oak Centre

Holiday Club children packing the boxes for the Children’s Centre cooking session over the summer holidays

Holiday Club children packing the boxes for the Children’s Centre cooking session over the summer holidays

Families chopping away at surplus fruit and vegetables during Stay & Learn

Families chopping away at surplus fruit and vegetables during Stay & Learn

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Enjoying pumpkin soup during October half term Stay & Learn session

Enjoying pumpkin soup during October half term Stay & Learn session

Since February 2017 Bubble & Squeak have been successfully running their surplus food stall for their parents in Old Oak Primary School every week during term time. Providing fresh healthy surplus food to children and their families via their food stall.

Continuing to use the power of surplus food, enterprise and the wonderful creativity of our Bubble & Squeak children we have tried their hand at numerous things, including running pop-ups, exhibiting at Design Week, hosting intergenerational bingo for their grandparents and successfully running their own crowdfunding campaign for a shipping container to store more surplus food. All done using the space of a free local After School Club as a hub to plan and create.  

Behind the creative surface, we are building other ways to engage our local community using surplus food that would have gone to waste using close partnership work with well established organisations.

Since the summer of 2018 we have been supplying Old Oak Community Centre with a box of surplus food to feed their Stay & Learn 0-7 years cooking session over the summer holiday.  With the holiday club children at Old Oak Centre packing the boxes using donated surplus food from City Harvest and The Felix Project arriving on a Monday morning. 

The holiday cooking clubs in Stay & Learn were such a success Bubble & Squeak then signed them up for Mayor For London’s ‘Kitchen Social’ scheme to tackle holiday hunger.  On top of this Stay & Learn have also now incorporated surplus food into their Snack Time during term time. With staff collecting a box of bread, fruit and vegetables for families to enjoy each week on a Monday morning.

Chantel Gordan, Early years co-ordinator for Old Oak Children’s Centres says “the weekly outcomes for our children is brilliant, as not only are they eating healthy food, they are learning the building blocks for eating well, sitting up at a table and using cutlery in a social setting”.

Parents agree with one saying “it is a great opportunity for children to have a meal together, to see how fruit or vegetables are cut.  It encourages children to try new foods and I hope this scheme continues”. 

With thanks to our brilliant surplus food partners The Felix Project and City Harvest (who collect and distribute the surplus food) that make this work possible. We look forward to working with Mayor For London’s Kitchen Social too.