Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver could be honorary Sunderland fan after family healthy eating programme scoops award

Jamie Oliver with his replica Sunderland AFC shirt.
Jamie Oliver with his replica Sunderland AFC shirt.
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Celebrity chef and health campaigner Jamie Oliver may become an honorary Black Cat after a link-up between his organisation and Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light charity served up an award.

A replica SAFC shirt was presented to the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food at the recent home game against West Bromwich Albion match to celebrate the achievements of initiative’s partnership with the foundation.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food working with the Foundation of Light.

Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food working with the Foundation of Light.

The two organisations have been working together for the last two years helping teach families how to cook healthy, nutritious meals on a budget through the Family Learning Ministry of Food programme.

Earlier this year, the project won the Northern England Project Award at the Festival of Learning Awards in Birmingham.

The 10-week course allows both children and adults to practice their culinary skills, understand how to adapt recipes and to build an individual’s confidence to cook for themselves and their families.

Since the beginning of the year the Foundation of Light has delivered 19 courses in primary and secondary schools across the North East.

Speaking about the photo, John Newton, family learning co-ordinator at the Foundation of Light, said: “It was great to see that the shirt made it to Jamie, we know he’s a Cambridge United fan but hopefully we can convert him to becoming an honorary Black Cat!

“The partnership with the Jamie Oliver Ministry of Food has gone from strength to strength and this season we’re hoping to work with even more families in schools across Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

“Parents really enjoy the Family Learning Ministry of Food programme because as well as teaching them practical skills that can help improve their lives they get to spend time learning and having fun with their children.”

Schools interested in running the programme should contact John on 551 5191 or john.newton@foundationoflight.co.uk.