About Let's Get Cooking

Action for Children and the British Dietetic Association (BDA) picked up the baton on improving child health through food by continuing some of the work of the Children’s Food Trust, once it closed its doors at the end of September 2017. Find out more here.

The BDA is the home of Let’s Get Cooking, the Children’s Food Trust’s network of school and community based clubs developed to help children and their families gain the skills and knowledge to cook healthy meals from scratch. The BDA will also take on the Trust’s e-learning platform, with courses related to improving food for children.

It’s been good for [my nine-year-old daughter’s] confidence. I cook at home but never thought to involve her in meals. She has asked if she can join in at home. She has been able to use a knife and I’ve never let her. It’s made me realise she is capable of using a knife and getting involved in cooking, doing more than I thought she was able to.

A mum who took part in Evergreen Active's healthy cooking club in Wakefield in 2022

Some of our recent projects

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority

The BDA's Let’s Get Cooking programme has been providing expert advice on waste reduction through its education programmes across Merseyside for more than three years. This year, in partnership with Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, it’s getting even more practical with a new Waste Warriors programme.

Read more about Let's Get Merseyside Saving here.


Barnardos Driving Healthy Futures

The BDA is playing its part in supporting families and households experiencing food insecurity by working with Barnardo’s on a new cooking skills project. Through our Let’s Get Cooking initiative, we are training the charity’s staff and volunteers to upskill families and young people to be able to prepare healthy meals from scratch.

For more information visit our news pages or the Barnardo's Family Space for Healthy Eating

Essex Community Foundation

essex community.png Essex Community Foundation pack

Essex Food for Families. We have been lucky enough to receive funding from Essex Community Foundation which has enabled us to produce a new recipe pack tailored to meet the needs of families cooking on a budget.

We have been able to distribute hard copy recipe packs to families through our Let’s Get Cooking network of clubs based in schools as well as making the pack available to a wider audience electronically.