What is Femfoods?
With the rise in fuel and food costs, the female pocket is being stretched more and more. Women are feeling more guilty and stressed that we are failing at family life.
Femfoods seeks to be a friend to women on low income, who find balancing the weekly budget has a real impact on wellbeing. We want to be there for women who are struggling
to meet financial obligations and find this affects the balance of family life.
In a nutshell, Femfoods is all about nutrition, savings, family wellbeing and overall economic empowerment!
Our new purpose-built kitchen in the north of Glasgow will host eight women for a 5-hour slot one day per week to batch cook, learn new recipes and save money. We aim to run four cooking days per week, as we anticipate a high demand for the courses.
Our kitchen is fully fitted and welcoming to all. It will be headed up by Fiona Mackenzie, a culinary queen with 30 years of catering experience. Fiona has travelled all over the world, preparing food for bands and artists. Now home to complete her counselling diploma and walk her Lakeland terrier (Kate), Fiona joins us at Femfoods to empower women to Cook n Save.
Femfoods seeks to be a friend to women on low income, who find balancing the weekly budget has a real impact on wellbeing.
Cook n Save Course
As Femfoods courses focus on economic empowerment for women on low income, we are keen to maximise financial outcomes. For that reason, we will ask a few questions about income, weekly spend on food and how we can support cooking and saving.
Our Cook n Save course costs £20 per session, which includes all ingredients, equipment and expertise. On top of that, all women on the course will be asked to put aside around 50%
of the money they would normally have spent on their weekly shop in a savings account (we call it the ‘Mama Buffer’).
We have a relationship with a trusted savings partner who will open accounts for each woman participating in a Femfoods Cook n Save programme.
After each six-week block, our aim is for each woman to have around £120 in a savings account*, not to mention new moves in the kitchen! We also welcome women to attend more than once — they can book a six-week consecutive block up to four times per year.
One mama who helped us shape Femfoods has two boys. This is her story.
weekly shopping spend*
After six Femfoods sessions, this mama: