Bags of Taste used to teach real-life cooking classes in Hastings, London and beyond, but like so many organisations, they now run virtual courses online. But the focus remains the same to motivate vulnerable and disadvantaged people to change their everyday food choices – and DRAMATICALLY improving their health and finances. 

Bags of Taste will be running a new course in the next few weeks. The course starts with a home delivery of a FREE food parcel bag with ALL the ingredients needed for three different dishes – two portions of each. 

Recipes are provided along with instruction sheets. Groups of three students then join a WhatsApp group administered by the BOT volunteer/mentor, who follows a script we provide to guide, encourage, and
keep tabs on the students’ progress. 

Once the course is completed the ‘graduates’ are encouraged to join the Bags of Taste Facebook group for continued support with cooking and budgeting for healthy, tasty food. They also receive a certificate and a follow-on recipe pack at the end.

As so many people are experiencing increased social isolation, this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and engage with their community. Benefits of the course include learning cooking skills, increased confidence, improved health and finances, and making wider social contacts. And a survey reports a 29% improvement in life satisfaction from merely attending up to four weeks of the cooking course!

Bags of Taste is a national organisation with local branches. The project manager for the Hastings branch is Jo Durkin, an enthusiastic foodie. 

To sign up for this free course email [email protected] or call/text/Wapp 0775210303

For more information about BOT and the impact it is having visit There are also several Bags of Teste videos to watch on YouTube such as ‘George and Bags of Taste’s wider impacts’ 

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