The Christchurch Food Festival Education Trust (CFFET) is a registered charity, number 1127292, run by a board of Trustees with aims as set out in its Trust deed. These are to:
Advance education and promote the health of the residents of Christchurch area by providing and / or assisting in the provision of education, training and guidance on nutritional health and food preparation.
The Trust was formed in 2007 in order to achieve the educational aims of the Food Festival. The formalisation of this work was a result of increasing demand for the Festival schools’ work, where students are provided with curriculum-related healthy eating and food preparation demonstrations with local chefs. The work continues to take place each February and March in every Christchurch junior school – seeing over 1,000 children. As the work became more popular it was decided to set up a charity. Trustees were sought and in 2008 the charity registered.
Since then the Trust has undertaken a range of courses across all ages and situations around the Borough. The Trust provides grants for food and cooking education, events and courses and allows for the Food Festival’s education work to continue. In addition to the schools demonstrations the Trust has been undertaking enhanced cookery courses in conjunction with local secondary schools and other agencies. The courses are proving invaluable and are achieving great results. The popular Kids’ Kitchen event, held each year at the Food Festival is organised on behalf of the Trust and funded by generous sponsorship and ticket sales.
Of course all the work needs funding and depends entirely upon donations. The Trusts receives fantastic support from both Christchurch and Highcliffe Rotary Clubs, it is the recipient of money raised by the Festival’s charitable fundraising and other support has been received from Waitrose and generous donations from local landladies’ fundraising.