Food for Thought was funded by the Young Mayor’s fund for 12 sessions. Young people worked in teams to cook cheap, healthy and tasty meals to share with their peers over a discussion on topics of interest. They learnt how to budget, shop around, prepare meals for up to 22-25 people costing as little as 92 pence each for Spanish paella and £ 2.25 each for Japanese katsu curry. Eating together as a group helped satisfy hungry tummies alongside improving communication, teamwork and skills for independent living. Good food together with good conversation also increased understanding of current affairs and issues. A cookbook for students based on the experience is being put together.