We all know that some people are really struggling financially this year and we are asking for your help. We may all be in the same storm but we are not all in the same boat! For some of us, this winter will be truly dire and we need to look out for each other more than ever. Check on family, friends and neighbours regularly. Some may be embarrassed that they are not coping so we need to be extra observant. Food poverty and fuel poverty go hand in hand so for many that means eating cold food or food that only requires a kettle or a microwave. These options can be very poor nutritionally.

So we have started an appeal for donations of NEW slow cookers so that we can direct them to people in Suffolk who really need the benefit they will bring. We will buy a variety of sizes to suit different household sizes. Slow cookers use very little power but allow cheaper cuts of meat to be made into delicious nutritious meals. In fact they can be used for a whole variety of foods and make a very healthy option for people in fuel poverty. Much better than pot noodles and a kettle! We will send them out with recipes and links to our social media where we will post other recipes from time to time. Warming nutritious meals will help the recipients stay well through winter and beyond.

image of 3 types of slow cooker

You can either buy a NEW slow cooker and send it to us or donate the cost of a cooker to our Local Giving page. A wide range is available in Argos starting at just £10.99 for a compact one. A good family one is under £20.

Donations of NEW slow cookers can be sent to:

Rural Coffee Caravan
The Old Shop
Harleston Road
IP21 5TU

Canon Sally Fogden
Meadow Farm
Coney Weston Rd
Bury St Edmunds
IP23 1RX

Alternatively, you could buy a copy of Jack Monroe‘s book: Cooking on a Bootstrap and send it to us so that we can distribute these too. Jack cooks amazing recipes for next to nothing. She also has a book called The Tin Can Cook, also full of cheap but nutritious meals. She has lived experience of extreme poverty so knows what she is talking about. And if you buy it through uk.bookshop.org you will also be supporting indie bookshops. Check to see if your local one is listed.

You can help to make a real difference!

image of Jack Monroe's book Cooking on a Bootstrap
image of 4 examples of Jack Monroe's budget recipes with their price costs