Donation to Focus on Food

Schwartz presents the �25,000 cheque to Focus on Food (l-r Camilla Rix Schwartz Brand Manager, Jane Sixsmith Focus on Food, Ruth Robinson Managing Director, Sara Wolfe Schwartz Digital Brand Manager)
Schwartz presents the �25,000 cheque to Focus on Food (l-r Camilla Rix Schwartz Brand Manager, Jane Sixsmith Focus on Food, Ruth Robinson Managing Director, Sara Wolfe Schwartz Digital Brand Manager)

A Halifax-based food education programme that champions cooking as part of a healthy lifestyle has received a £25,000 donation from food manufacturer McCormick and Company.

Focus on Food, who are based at Dean Clough, offer teaching, training and support to help schools, individuals and communities throughout the UK benefit from hands-on, practical cooking sessions.

As part of McCormick & Company’s 125th anniversary celebration, Flavour of Together, a year-long storytelling initiative, the company has distributed $1.25 million to various charities around the world.

Focus on Food is one of the UK organisations to receive funding.

Focus on Food’s Director Jane Sixsmith said she was thrilled with the donation and explained how it will be used.

She said: “We’re very grateful to everyone who shared a flavour story and are honoured to have been part of the Flavour of Together programme.

“This generous donation will allow us to invest in a training facility which will be opened out to schools to access teaching, training and support for hands-on, practical cooking sessions.”

Focus on Food offer many programmes such as Chefs of the Future to encourage teenagers to consider a career in cooking and offer apprenticeships through The Cooking School at Dean Clough.

So far they have visited 924 different locations using their cooking bus, training 17,929 teachers and teaching 111,640 people across the UK about cooking, working with organisations such as the Food Standards Agency Scotland, the Food for Life Partnership and the Healthy Food Guide.