- WHO WE ARE -
A SOCIAL BUSINESS WITH A MISSION TO MAKE COMMUNITIES STRONGER THROUGH FOOD. WE DESIGN AND DELIVER INTERVENTIONS TO IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH, WELL BEING AND EMPLOYABILITY.
HOW WE DO THINGS
- Having fun while being single minded in helping to bring better lives for people in our communities.
- Knowing that we are small but with unlimited ambitions, using fantastic partners to bridge the gap.
- Always working in partnerships with governments, corporates and research organisations. We believe that governments alone are not capable of providing the solutions needed for the problems we target. Good businesses are part of the solution.
- We are relentlessly entrepreneurial, with a focus on getting things done, being flexible, innovative and not afraid of taking calculated risks.
- Authentic and fun company with an ethos to inspire change.
- Work and breathe in the local community, our programmes reflect the community.
- Empower people to make their own decisions in relation to health and employment.
- Focus on quality data and generating evidence to assess the impact of our programmes and change them when needed. We partner with research organisations.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Food Academy set up its first teaching kitchen and started providing mobile hands-on cooking workshops in East London in 2011. We wanted to combine the long-term local expertise of our partners (Lord Mawson and Paul Brickell) with an innovative use of food to bring behavioural change, initially through the support of the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food.
From the start, Food Academy had a strong focus on quality data and generating evidence through our collaboration with the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition (Cambridge), the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and the Nutrition and Dietetics Department of Kings College London.