The Power of Food: how 4 Lunch is improving communities
In a nutshell, the purpose of social entrepreneurship is to find creative solutions to social, cultural and environmental issues through a variety of methods. Since the internet burst onto the scene, it has become increasingly easier for social entrepreneurs to create a buzz around what they are doing. This is a uniquely altruistic way of doing business, in a way that benefits communities and people in need. For example,
an organisation could make a dent in homelessness by operating a restaurant that provides employment for homeless people, as well as funding housing for them. This is one of the ways that these fantastic initiatives create lasting change by helping and empowering people to help themselves.
This is the aim of one social entrepreneur in Manchester. 4 Lunch was established three years ago by Politics and Economics graduate Amy Win, whose mission is to “improve the confidence and employability of people through the power of food”. This bright and vibrant organisation runs practical cooking workshops for people of any skill level, as well as operating a stall at Stockport Market’s Foodie Friday. The profits from this are re-invested back into the workshops, which are titled “Cook, Inspire, Change”. 4 Lunch has also created Work Experience opportunities.
4 Lunch is addressing a number of issues all at once. It is tackling obesity by equipping people with the skills and knowledge they need to prepare healthy and wholesome meals, as well as boosting their confidence through a sense of achievement at having created something beautiful. Ultimately, this is strengthening local communities by bringing people together, and improving people’s overall health and wellbeing. This can reduce the mental blocks of fear and often guilt that people may have to effecting real and lasting change in their lives, due to the positive and supportive approach of the workshops, and the way this can increase motivation and confidence.
To find out more about the great things Amy Win and 4 Lunch are doing, check out their website: 4lunch.co.uk