Eat a meal, give a meal: 1761 & Lily’s Bar sign up to help fight food poverty


With ten times more homeless people in Manchester now than there were in 2010, many people are eager to do their bit to help.

1761 & Lily’s Bar are the latest to team up with local non-profit enterprise Foodinate to fight food poverty and help Mancunians in need.

Foodinate is a socially conscious not-for-profit organisation founded in 2016 by Mancunian entrepreneur Caroline Stevenson. It helps tackle food poverty by working with local restaurateurs to provide meals for people who need them most.

The scheme is now operating in six UK cities and expects to hit 20,000 donated meals this month.

The concept is simple. When you choose selected dishes from the menu at a participating restaurant, they will donate a meal to a local person in need at no extra cost to you.

At most participating restaurants, a few items on the menu are designated as Foodinate dishes.

Starting next week, 1761 & Lily’s Bar will be taking things a step further. They are making every dish on their menu a Foodinate dish on Mondays and Tuesdays. That includes dessert, too.

That means for every dish sold, a meal will be donated to partner charity Mustard Tree.

The team behind 1761 have always been community focused, valuing fresh, locally sourced British produce just as much as they value supporting the local economy.

So next time you head down to enjoy something from the best-of-British menu at 1761 & Lily’s Bar, make your reservation for a Monday or Tuesday and leave knowing that your meal has also fed someone who needed it more.


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