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Pay What You Can Cafe

Currently closed. Pay What You Can lunches serve warm, nutritious meal under the premise, pay what you can afford, or eat for free. We work collaboratively across Manchester to reduce the food poverty people with mental health issues often face.

staff and volunteer in the pay what you can kitchen

About Pay What You Can – Currently closed

Pay What You Can works to address the link between food poverty and experiencing a mental health problem.

We run three Pay What You Can lunch sessions each week across Manchester, where staff and volunteers cook a three-course meal for those in need. For many the meal is free, or we ask people to make a small donation if they can afford to.

As well as providing hot and healthy meals, the sessions also give people the opportunity to socialise and to access other services such as welfare advice and receiving emotional support from the team.

We also encourage those eating the meals to help with the preparation and serving of food. This helps to build cooking skills and to educate people about the importance of good nutrition. It is also known to help people’s mental health.

As with all volunteering opportunities at Manchester Mind, we support our volunteers to access other services we provide and our free training opportunities.

About the food

We largely use food provided by FareShare, which otherwise would go to landfill. We are conscious of our environmental impact and so ensure that leftover food available for customers to take away.

Our Sessions

As an alternative to food banks, we run a number of sessions across the city each week to ensure as many people as possible can access our services. Many of those who join us for lunch are homeless or are socially isolated.

Zion Community Resource Centre Cafe – Every Friday 1pm

Brunswick Parish Church – Every Tuesday 1pm in their Wellbeing Cafe

At Brunswick Parish Church we work alongside homelessness charity Justlife.

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