Our teams have been turning food donations from Fareshare into hundreds of home-cooked meals, on average producing over 1500 meals per week for Manchester City Council’s community hub, Maverick Stars Trust (for young people who would normally receive school lunches), and Just Life.
Recognising that poor mental health, loneliness and lack of access to healthy food are intertwined, within days of the lockdown the Good Mood Food team joined forces with staff from Food For All; to respond to the crisis to do what they do best, cooking and delivering the same exceptionally high quality, healthy and nutritionally balanced meals. Their skills, energy and dedication are now producing meals for those experiencing severe food poverty.
Like so many other businesses, the closure of our catering social business Good Mood Food has meant the loss of a vital income for Manchester Mind, in particular to support Food for All. This coupled with the closure of the charity’s community café and local food banks, has meant that many vulnerable people have been left with limited access to food, in particular fresh fruit and vegetables.
The tools and routines many relied on to manage their wellbeing have been removed and good habits of self-care built up over time and with invaluable support, are harder to sustain, including eating well and having access to fresh food.
Dishes have included spinach dahl, potato and chickpea curry, paprika chicken with sweet potatoes and asparagus, sweet chilli beef and noodles, beef Rangoon, beef stew, potatoes and peas, falafel, couscous and houmous.
For thirty years alleviating poor mental health, providing advice, and offering healthy food to the most vulnerable, have been Manchester Mind’s priorities. We are proud to still be here to help during these uncertain times. Manchester Mind want to ensure healthy meals, fresh food packs and emergency provisions are available every day to people in Manchester throughout the duration of the pandemic crisis. As a city we have always got through hard times with the spirit of community and co-operation.
The need for independent organisations like Manchester Mind is greater now than ever before. We are now hoping to raise £10,000 so we can buy staple ingredients and equipment to continue offering an emergency food response. Every donation will make a real difference. See image below for full details of how your donation will help us.
To help us make a difference and support our emergency food response we are accepting donations via JustGiving:
Alternatively, donations are accepted via text by quoting MM30YEARS to 70085 (£3) to provide free healthy and nutritious meals to people in need within our community.
Your donations can help us buy
– £3 will buy 2kg of lentils for 30 portions of Dhal
– £5 will supply enough pasta to make 50 meals
– £10 will deliver two fresh fruit and veg boxes to someone in need at home
– £20 will provide two family bags of fruit, veg, pasta, rice and condiments
– £50 will purchase 1,250 food containers to serve prepared meals in
– £100 will provide 10 boxes of emergency provisions, tailored to individual needs
– £250 will ensure we have ongoing stock of PPE to prepare and deliver food safety
– £500 will fuel and maintain three delivery vehicles