Food and Friendship

Through cooking and eating together we help people to form new friendships and build stronger communities.


Sharing food together is a traditional way for people to socialise and make friends. Many people living alone rarely share a meal with anyone else. Our Food and Friendship project offered people the opportunity to share community meals and other celebrations.

The project sought to reduce loneliness and isolation in our communities, and to address food insecurity. Using the five steps to wellbeing (connect, be active, learn new skills, give to others, and be mindful) our project contributed to people’s health and wellbeing, and improved their nutritional intake.

The meals and celebrations also included a range of activities – arts and crafts, games and entertainment as well as opportunities to share skills and experiences. At the heart of the Food and Friendship Project was the opportunity to include older people who are isolated and bring them together with families and young people.

This project was closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.