HUNTLY is one of two Scottish towns where a scheme to tackle food poverty is to be rolled out.
Aberdeenshire North Foodbank is about to launch the Eat Well Spend Less, free six-week cookery course in the Linden Centre Community Kitchen.
Confidence in the kitchen and budgeting know how will be just two of the items on the menu as part of the life skills programme developed by the Trussell Trust.
The course will show people on tight budgets how to stretch their resources further and prepare and eat healthier food.
The course is only the second one of its kind north of the border. East Dunbartonshire Foodbank were the first in Scotland to offer the course last year.
The first group of participants come from Huntly’s Job Club and Recovery Café and they will be cooking up simple, nutritious, economical meals from scratch at the Wednesday evening sessions.
Eat Well, Spend Less is being led by home economics teacher and foodbank volunteer Elaine Adamson. Diane Ord of CAIR Scotland will help run the pilot scheme and some of the individuals she supports will be taking part.
Each session will be two-and-a-half hours long and cover two basic recipes as well as activities on topics such as menu planning, portion sizes, money planning, "supermarket psychology" and tips on picking up bargains.
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