And this June,
she’ll be doing this on a huge scale as she brings hundreds of local people together to celebrate
The Big Jubilee Lunch. She will be hosting the event for her Feed Me Good community and hopes
around 100 kids (and their families) will come together to the ultimate street party. As for what
Nureen will be making – she will be whipping up her newly-developed Sweet Love pancakes (get the recipe here).
Lottery-supported Feed Me Good project was set up in 2014 after Nureen felt disheartened by her
previous roles in public health and food industries.
teaches people how to eat healthily through a variety of courses, provides knowledge on food
nutrition and helps people to save money by shopping ‘smarter’. Set up specifically to champion
health equality within groups such as black and ethnic minorities, people with learning
difficulties and disabilities, low-income communities and young children, Nureen has dedicated the
past 8 years to helping others live healthier and happier lives.
cooking courses, one of Nureen’s main goals is to help her students integrate into their local
communities. She says, “I bring people together – I use my superpowers which is food and
nutrition. I bring people together to eat and to learn and then they forge those relationships and
continue those relationships. That’s what I do.”
This work has
also had a huge impact on Nureen’s self-confidence. After an accident left her with impaired sight
and hearing as a child, Nureen felt like she went through school without being challenged, often
feeling isolated and left to own devices because of her disabilities. She said, “I’m black and
female, but I am also disabled. I’m half-blind, half-deaf and dyslexic, but I probably only got
the confidence to say that out loud since I have been teaching children. When you work with
primary school kids, they give you confidence in expressing yourself.”
The Big Lunch, an annual event bringing people together to share food, have fun and get to know each other, is just one of the amazing projects made possible by National Lottery players, who raise over £30Million each week for good causes. This year, to celebrate the Queen’s 70 years of service, the event has been renamed The Big Jubilee Lunch.
27th April 2022