Greater Manchester has 130 foodbanks which support people in desperate need, yet there are only 30 food clubs or groups that support people on low incomes who are not quite at crisis point, but who are struggling to buy nutritious, healthy food.
The Food Poverty Action Plan has called for local partnerships to set up more food clubs, especially in areas that lack affordable healthy food and that's exactly where the Good Food Bag comes in!
The Good Food Bag is a social enterprise partnership between Irwell Valley Homes and One Manchester dedicated to giving people convenient access to quality ingredients and recipe kits, to cook great meals at home. Providing a wide choice and affordable recipe kits, will be a massive benefit for those who may be at the mercy of cheap, unhealthy convenience foods.
The idea is simple, you order a recipe kit by text — the classic meals feed as many or as few people as you wish — then you pick it up at a dedicated collection point close to your work and home, when it suits you.
We are trialing this for a year to understand how and where we can have the most impact in alleviating food poverty. To help drive this forward and prepare us to trade, we have welcomed a new Operations Manager, Jenni Pocsai. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm... as well as a love of great food! This appointment means we are one step closer to being open for business!
The plan is to be trading by March 2020 and we are looking to our partners for help and support. If you are interested in helping us alleviate food poverty and make The Good Food Bag the go to place for affordable, convenient healthy meals - we'd love to hear from you. Please get in touch with Jenni here.