Lewes-based charity Think Free held it’s successful launch in the town centre.
It partnered with another local charity, Community Chef, to provide live healthy eating cooking demos to residents and visitors to the OctoberFeast food festival.
Think Free staff and volunteers were also on hand on the stand to help people provide advice and guidance on food-related illnesses, such as allergies and food intolerances.
Around 200 people took leaflets and copies of the healthy recipes that the Community Chef cooked live in the Cliffe Precinct.
Chris Meaney, CEO of Think Free, said: “The motivation to set up Think Free was driven by the growing number of people we see experiencing health problems as a result of the processed foods they are eating and drinking. As part of our launch activities, we also undertook market research with the public and early results show that around one in five of the people we asked had some form of food related illness.
“This is a huge number of people and demonstrates the size of the problem. Many struggle with their diets and get conflicting information from the Internet or the medical profession.”
Think Free was recently successful in gaining £9,950 of lottery funding from the Big Lottery Fund which has allowed it to develop factsheets and a greatly enhanced website to help people manage their condition better.
The next phase of work involves working with local schools to promote healthy eating and make them more aware of food allergies and intolerances.