A food box scheme based in Greater Manchester that puts meals on the tables of people who use food banks has reached a major milestone today.
To tackle food poverty across the country, an incredible 100,000 meals have been distributed to people across the UK.
The Vegetarian Society launched the scheme back in March 2020 in response to the impact of Covid-19 following an emergency appeal from a local food bank.
Each Vegetarian Society food box contains the ingredients and recipes to provide people with eight meals. One person who received a food box said: “We were really excited to receive the box. It felt like a gift as everything had been thought of, down to little packets of salt and pepper.”
The landmark 100,000th meal was delivered to a food bank. A spokesperson for the food bank, said: “The meal boxes provided by the Vegetarian Society are an imaginatively thought out nutritious lifeline that allows the foodbank clients to look beyond the reality of the same weekly food parcel whilst allowing them to cook new meals by following the recipe cards”.
Help get food on people’s tables
Lance Bell, Head of Campaigns and Engagement at the Vegetarian Society, said: “When we first started getting our food boxes out, we didn’t know at the time we’d be sending out over 100,000 meals. The food boxes seem to be doing something really special–the boxes make people feel cared for and looked after.
“Not only do the boxes give filling meals, they also introduce cheaper, nutritious recipes that can be made again and again. The need to help people has unfortunately grown, and the Vegetarian Society food boxes are needed just as much as ever.”
Funding has come from individual donors, companies the Vegetarian Society works with, and the Barclays Community Aid package and the National Lottery. The project is still in full swing.
Donate to the Vegetarian Society
Can you help people who need food? The Vegetarian Society is raising £15,000 to send out meals to people using housing associations, food banks and school holiday activity clubs. More people are struggling to feed themselves and their families due to COVID-19 and food poverty. The charity is helping to tackle this problem by sending out veggie food boxes with the ingredients and recipes for two dishes – a bean chilli and a green lentil and tomato ragu – which will make enough food for eight meals. Your donation buys the ingredients and sends the boxes to food banks, housing associations and school holiday activity clubs in areas where the need is greatest – getting meals onto people’s tables.
Donate today to send veggie food boxes to food banks…