Posted: Thursday 31 May 2018

Ready, Steady, Cook!

Pupils from the High School of Dundee have produced cookery demonstration videos for Dundee FoodbankSome High School of Dundee pupils have been focusing on their culinary skills in aid of Dundee Foodbank.

Over the course of this school year, a group of seven S5 and S6 pupils have spent time each Wednesday afternoon volunteering for the organisation.

In addition to helping out at the Foodbank warehouse, the youngsters have been putting their cookery, filming and video-editing skills to good use by producing a series of home cooking demonstration videos using, primarily, ingredients found within a typical food parcel.

The project came about after staff and volunteers at Dundee Foodbank noticed that many people using the service had shared their experiences of struggling with cooking, especially when living on such low budgets. As a result, the Foodbank decided to create some resources to help break down the myth that it’s a difficult, time-consuming, and expensive endeavour.

Work had already begun on producing a cookbook to provide inspiration and ideas about some of the meals that could be made using typical food parcel ingredients. The suggestion was then made to go one step further and put together a cookery demonstration video which could be played at the Foodbank centres to allow people to see how quick and easy cooking can be.

The High School pupils jumped at the chance to take the task on, and, after they recently added the final touches, their DVD is now ready for screening.

Michael Calder, Stock Co-ordinator at Dundee Foodbank, said, “The students were fantastic. They took complete ownership of the initiative. I simply briefed them on the idea and they took it from there.

“They devised their own recipe ideas, cooked the meals, filmed the process, and then edited the footage to create the final video which they are now handing over to us.

“We had this idea of cookery demonstration videos for some time but did not have the time or capacity to create it. I have been very impressed with the skills, ingenuity, and enthusiasm these students have displayed.

“On behalf of Dundee Foodbank, I would like to express my sincere thanks to these students. They are a credit to their school and their efforts perfectly reflect 2018 as the Year of the Young People. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the High School of Dundee for their continued support of Dundee Foodbank.”

Karlene Douglas, Charities and Community Outreach Co-ordinator at the School, added, “It was great to hear the pupils’ personal reflections on what it must be like to rely on foodbank parcels.

“When the pupils then visited the Foodbank warehouse and sorted the food, I think the sheer volume of donations brought home to them to vast number of people in the city that rely on the work of the Foodbank. The pupils found the experience invaluable.”

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