Thrifty Kitchen

Thrifty Kitchen teaches basic cookery skills to adults who want to learn, with no fancy equipment or expensive ingredients required. The sessions are led by our Nutritionist Steffi Afifi and a team of volunteers.

We believe everyone can learn new skills with the right help, and we welcome everyone to get involved with cooking, no matter what their experience.

Thrifty Kitchen is funded by Reaching Communities (Big Lottery) and is part of our Whitby’s Community Food Hub, alongside Whitby’s Pantry and Whitby’s Homemade. Thrifty Kitchen aims to equip people from Preston with a broad range of cooking skills, budgeting information, digital skills, money and time-saving tips and tricks in a friendly, informal and hands-on session to help them get more out of their weekly shop.

The project utilizes food from FareShare, which consists primarily of food that would ordinarily go to waste. These weekly cook-and-eat sessions, people learn to combine low-cost store-cupboard ingredients to make healthy, well-rounded meals for themselves and their families. Sessions are attended by an intergenerational, international multi-skilled cross-section of the Preston community.

  • Thrifty Kitchen runs every Friday.
  • Kids in the Kitchen sessions are run during school holidays.