In February 2018, we launched a Sunny Soups spin-off, in partnership with Dunbar Basics Bank. The Ridge are delighted to have been granted the generous permission of Dunbar Parish Church to use the Church hall kitchen, a fantastic space with a huge range cooker and lots of room for more volunteers and students to come along. We began using the kitchen for Sunny Soups and our adult Plenty Project classes, and between the two organisations cooked up a brand new community meal called Sunny’s Kitchen.
This is designed to complement our popular, long-running Hungry Hatch dinners, and offers a different format: a monthly lunch where up to 20 of us come together to cook and eat a healthy meal, made of ingredients primarily rescued from being wasted.
The meal is open to anyone, whether or not you have any cooking experience at all – we’ll be on hand to offer tips, guidance and teach new skills as necessary. Just sign up at firstname.lastname@example.org, by adding your name to the list at The Ridge Cafe at the Bleachingfield Centre, or by messaging The Ridge or Dunbar Basics Bank on Facebook.
We’re really pleased to say a huge thank you to The Co-operative for sponsoring the additional ingredients needed to make our meals (and the essential tea and coffee!).
The East Lothian Courier recently ran a great introductory article on Sunny Soups, explaining what we do. We’ve been really encouraged by all the support this project has received from the community; we’re proud of our freezer!
MORE than 160 kilograms of produce destined for the bin have been transformed into free food.
Sunny Soups, based in Dunbar’s Bleachingfield Centre, is transforming foods ranging from overripe bananas and outsized marrows to unwanted plums and apples into tasty takeaway pots of winter warmth.
The scheme was set up by social enterprise project The Ridge and collects surplus fruit, vegetables and herbs from local gardens and shops, including The Co-operative, the Crunchy Carrot and The Mart, saving it from being thrown away.
We’ve been running the Plenty Project since December 2016, in and around Dunbar. This is a series of classes that take in budgeting, nutrition and basic cooking skills that was initially offered for adults, and continue to be. However in May 2017 we were approached by the headteacher of nearby West Barns Primary School to deliver a version of our programme to each year-group of pupils, and in October P 6/7 took part in the first week of classes.