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Who can you help support?

Here are some of the charities and organisations in Greater Manchester who need your skills, time, resources or donations.

If you think you can help please contact the charity directly. If you are a charity or organisation who needs support please outline what you need, who to contact and email the details to contact@manchesterfoodpoverty.co.uk

Tackling Food Poverty Together - Greater Manchester

Charity Overview: Trussell Trust

Trussell Trust works to empower local communities to combat poverty and exclusion in the UK and Bulgaria.

We work with the people that society forgets, providing practical help through sustainable projects and enabling each person to realise that they are valued.

Our vision is to build communities where people of all backgrounds are included and have the opportunity to live in dignity with hope for the future.

Trussell Trust partners with churches and communities to open new food banks nationwide. With almost 400 food banks currently launched, our goal is for every town to have one.

We are a Christian organisation motivated by Jesus teaching on poverty and injustice. We operate according to Christian principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, openness, kindness and care of all people, regardless of backgrounds or beliefs. We believe in turning faith into practical action. Whilst we are a Christian organisation, we serve people of all faith groups and beliefs or none. We are passionate about inclusion and being non- judgemental is central to what we do. We believe that everyone has the right to have food on their plate, dignity, skills, a chance to work and hope for the future.

Charity overview: FareShare

FareShare  tackles the issues of both food waste and food poverty. 5.8 million people in the UK live in deep poverty, making it hard for them to afford every day essentials, including food.

At the same time, 3.9 million tonnes of food is wasted every year by the food and drink industry. If just 1% of that food was fit-for-purpose and redistributed to FareShare, we would be able to provide food for 70 million meals.

FareShare ensures that good food is put to good use rather than wasted.

Over 1,200 charities benefit from FareShare food. These include breakfast clubs, womens refuges and luncheon clubs for older people. These charities save on average 13,000 a year, which can be reinvested into other services.

Over 62,200 people benefit from FareShare food every day.

FareShare Greater Manchester was launched in October 2008 to support communities to combat food poverty and food waste in and around Manchester. The operation is run by EMERGE Recycling.
The team redistribute food to over 90 charities and community groups and new organisations are welcome all the time.

Our community food members provide vitally needed meals, food parcels and snacks to hundreds of disadvantaged people every day. They work with a huge variety of people experiencing hardship from people who are homeless or unemployed, people dealing with substance abuse, refugees and asylum-seekers at drop- ins, Sure Start centres, and breakfast and after-school clubs for children and young adults.

Charity overview: Depaul UK

Depaul UK works with homeless young people, aged 16-25, providing support in five key areas: housing and safety; employment and training; financial security; health; and relationships and self-esteem.  Our aim is to help them to develop the skills and confidence to move away from homelessness to healthier, happier lives.

Depaul operates four hostels around Manchester and in total supports over 800 young people every year in the North West. We know that food poverty is extremely high amongst our clients; nearly all of the young people we care for have very poor nutrition, with limited means to buy food and poor knowledge of healthy eating. Often young people we help do not have enough money to buy the amount of food they need every month.

We therefore need support to develop food provision and education activities to help these vulnerable young people improve access to food, their diets, their health and their lifestyles.  Many of the proposed projects will also enable these young people to enjoy the social benefits of eating a communal meal with their peers and support workers.  By sitting down together for a breakfast club or cooking session our staff and volunteers will be able to build relationships, break down barriers and help these vulnerable young people to start tackling wider issues whilst enjoying a healthy, filling meal.

There are key elements that require funding and support at Dupaul;

Breakfast clubs
Currently none of our residents receive meals from Depaul as there is no budget for this.  As a result, the vast majority of our clients will regularly skip meals and most go without breakfast every day. This is particularly difficult for young people attending college, work, or appointments. We need funding to purchase simple ingredients to provide breakfast at each of our accommodation services and would welcome appropriate product donations (e.g. fruit juice). Depaul has four homeless hostels in Manchester and a breakfast club for each hostel for a one year period would cost approximately £2,600

Emergency food supplies
Food donations for clients or ex-service users who are experiencing a crisis which puts them in extreme and immediate need of relief from food poverty.  All of our accommodation services should be able to offer this kind of provision but again funding is very limited.  We currently run a mini food bank at one of our services in Newcastle and would like to expand this to other areas. We would require funding/volunteer support and regular food donations to enable this to take place in Manchester.  The types of food we need most is dried/canned goods such as rice/pasta/noodles, tinned tomatoes/vegetables/fruit, soups, tea/coffee/sugar/powdered milk etc, basically any items which are long lasting and can be used to create a meal from limited resources. These items would be used for young people who cant afford food, or for young residents who have just moved in to a hostel and have no support system or budgets in place.

Kitchen start-up kits
For young people who are ready to move on from our supported accommodation services to their own tenancies.  We want to give them the best chance of success in managing their own home and this includes making sure they’ve got all the essentials they need.  Funding of £1,000 would enable us to provide standard start-up kits for up to 20 young people moving into their own homes, which wood include; basic food items and essential electrical items such as a toaster and a kettle, plus some pots and pans, plates and cutlery.  

Volunteers to run Cooking Clubs / Breakfast Clubs
It is our aim for Cooking Clubs to be delivered at all of our accommodation services in Manchester, with volunteers running sessions on how to cook on a tight budget. These clubs are fairly inexpensive to run as they can be delivered primarily by volunteers in our existing kitchen facilities, however we would require a donation of £20 per session to purchase the necessary ingredients.

Volunteers to design and print a simple recipe book
We would like to develop materials for cooking on a shoestring, targeted at young people with low literacy skills and very limited budgets.  We would love for a group of volunteers to take complete ownership of this project, from contributing content to design and print.

Project cost
Depaul UK has no dedicated funding for breakfast clubs, cooking clubs or additional nutrition related activities (food banks and start-up kits activities) mentioned in this brief. We would like to find partners who can work with us to shape all or any areas of these projects. We believe that by building our capacity to address food poverty, we will be able to improve our overall provision to the most vulnerable young people in the UK, with the ultimate aim of reducing the number of children who go on to become the next generation of homeless adults.

Please contact Shelley Green at Dupaul for more information about how you can help.

Charity overview: Mustard Tree

Mustard Tree is a charity committed to providing life support for the homeless and marginalised across Greater Manchester. We work with those who are facing the greatest barriers to employment, education, good health outcomes, secure housing, social integration and financial integration, by seeking to tackle both the causes and consequences of poverty.

We see a day when everyone in Greater Manchester has the opportunity to live a full and fruitful life, with access to;

- An affordable safe, warm and comfortable home,

- A good balanced and nutritious diet,

- The choices that promote healthy living and mental wellbeing. As a result the blight of poverty will be expelled from our city region and be replaced by choice and opportunity.

Each of our operational bases is designed to be a hub and a home, offering a range of activities and opportunities as well as places of love, beauty and laughter. We offer; 

- PROVISION - food, clothing and furniture 

- PROGRESSION - life-skills, training, volunteering, mentoring and employment opportunities. 

- PARTNERSHIP - working with individuals, agencies, businesses and community groups to broker long term solutions.

The Mustard Tree kitchen feeds around 60 people each lunch time with a hot meal, giving them the nutrition and energy they need to lead healthy lives. It also allows people who volunteer there to gain skills and experience around food hygiene and cookery skills.

We are looking for a Kitchen Assistant who will be able to ensure the kitchen runs smoothly throughout the day and to buddy up with Freedom Project clients to develop new skills and achieve their personal development goals. For more information on this role, please visit our website.

Charity overview: FoodCycle

FoodCycle is an award-winning charity founded in 2008 that builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious meals for people at risk from food poverty and social isolation. FoodCycle runs 18 volunteer-powered community projects nationwide, working to reduce food waste and to reduce food poverty and social isolation among vulnerable groups. The charity has now reclaimed 107,000kg of surplus food – a CO2 emission saving of over 450 tons. This has enabled FoodCycle to serve over 100,000 meals for vulnerable people in communities across the UK.  

FoodCycle Manchester is one of 18 FoodCycle projects across the UK and serves a nutritious three-course meal every Wednesday for vulnerable people in the Longsight community, many of whom are affected by mental health issues and homelessness. By providing a sit-down meal in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, we work to reduce social isolation – as people who often feel excluded get the chance to mix with others and feel a valued part of their community. Volunteers sit down and eat with guests and have a chat, and meals are served with warmth and dignity. We’ve also found that our fresh, healthy meals have had a positive impact in terms of behaviour change: 67% of FoodCycle service users eating more fruit and veg at home after coming to one of our meals.

You can help by volunteeringfundraising, or donating.

“I found out about FoodCycle through a gardening group and it’s handy as I live about 15 minutes away. I think it’s a good idea as sometimes I can afford to eat and sometimes I can’t, it goes up and down. Food prices have gone up lot and sometimes it’s easier to eat ready meals than buy all different ingredients. People think that because you’re not scruffy that you can afford to eat but that’s not always the case. People like me are really struggling at the moment.” 

Hannah, 49, guest at FoodCycle Manchester