We are hosting a community lunch to raise awareness of the number of takeaway shops blighting our borough. We are protesting against batch produced cheap meals laden with harmful ingredients and additives, like salt, sugar and vegetable oil.

Although food hygiene is monitored rigorously by the local council, many takeaways shops cooking methods are not properly regulated. This means that the composition of harmful ingredients added to meals for flavour is not strictly monitored. Whilst we appreciate not all takeaway shops adhere to this practice, examples of this can include oil ‘bleaching’ for chips; and no legal limit on how much salt or vegetable oil can be added to meals.

At Does Hackney make you fat? we believe in wholesome food that’s easy to make, that’s affordable to feed a family on a tight income; and boasts fresh ingredients. From talking to people that work, or live in the borough; we understand that time is a key factor in dissuading people from cooking. 

Cooking with real fresh ingredients has become something of a lost art for many, who use takeaways as a quick and cheap alternative. Whilst this is not a cooking workshop with qualified chefs; we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting Justine Fish from a groundbreaking project called Make Kit, as a guest speaker.

Mary Atkinson from the Hackney Food Partnership will also be speaking about her innovative new project, Sugar Smart Campaign.


Social Action for Health, Ment House, Unit 1C Mentmore Terrace, Hackney, London, E8 3DQ

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