Sunny Soups: transforming surplus fruit and veg into free food for Dunbar

Colin Runciman, volunteer; Hannah Ewan, community cooking teacher; Kate Darrah, Managing Director, The Ridge; Isobel Knox, volunteer; and Sue Mitchell, Manager of The Ridge Cafe

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.

Read the full article here.

The community group teaching life skills in primary school to tackle obesity

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.

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