Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis this Winter
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On 25th December 2023 we successfully raised £13,176 with 199 supporters in 42 days

Support our Community Cookery School teams as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people this winter.

by Bounceback Food CIC in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Nobody Should Go Hungry in the UK

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This winter our Community Cookery School teams are aiming to prep, cook and distribute 5,000 hot nutritious meals to vulnerable people who have been disproportionately affected by the Cost of Living Crisis. Show your support by funding meals, making a donation or buying one of our fundraising gifts that give twice!

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Fighting Food Poverty since 2014

Bounceback Food CIC is a social enterprise fighting food poverty on multiple fronts. Our Community Cookery School teams teach people how to cook, run food bank drives at market events, help people get jobs in the food sector and coordinate community meal drives that provide emergency meals for our beneficiaries.

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Our mission to fight food poverty has become even more urgent in light of the Cost of Living crisis, with food insecurity levels and food bank usage soaring. Here are just a few of the reasons why food poverty continues to matter in the UK:

  • Since 2018, there has been a 49% increase in the number of children who are dependent on food banks in the UK. (Source: Environmental Audit Committee’s Hunger, Food Insecurity and Malnutrition in the UK Report)
  • 3% of families in the UK - at least 2.1 million people - used a food bank in the year to March 2022. (Source: The Trussell Trust)
  • Almost 90% of independent food banks reported increased demand in December 2022 and January 2023 compared with a year earlier. (Source: The Independent Food Aid Network - Ifan)
  • Between April and September 2022 The Trussell Trust distributed 1.3m emergency food parcels – a third more than the same period in 2021 and over 50% more than pre-pandemic. (Source: The Trussell Trust)

Our Social Impact

Since 2014 we have taught 8,000+ people how to cook, including stroke survivors, young carers, food bank beneficiaries and elderly people living in sheltered accommodation. We have also secured 20,000+ donations to food banks and generated over 175,000 meals for people in need via our catering, community meal drives and cookery workshops.

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Prior to the pandemic our outreach work was mainly delivered in the North West, Wales and Cheshire but given the increasing scale of food poverty and the Cost of Living crisis, we've since been focused on building an organisation capable of helping people across the country.

Expanding Nationwide

By November 2024 Bounceback Food CIC will have 20 teams operating in the UK’s largest towns and cities in the UK and be supporting people living in food poverty by:

  • Ensuring their nearest foodbank is stocked with good quality items of food & hygiene products.
  • Providing them with the opportunity to learn how to cook for free and supporting them with career progression in the food industry.
  • Providing free hot nutritious meals from/via permanent Community Kitchens.
  • Enabling them to learn about cooking, budgeting, nutrition, meal planning, reducing food waste, gain accredited skills and book on to cooking classes with the provision of free access to our Cooking & Nutrition Portal.

Our central team, freelancers and volunteers are all now focussed on achieving these goals. The formation of teams in Manchester, London & the South East, the North East & Birmingham has started this regional to national transition.

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We are always looking for volunteers to support the development of our organisation too and so if you'd like to support us in that way keep an eye on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn) or sign up to our mailing list to stay updated.

What Will the Money be Used For?

Target 1: Community Meal Drives, Cookery Workshops & Learning Programmes

Our first target of £25,000 will raise the funds required to:

  • Prep, cook and distribute 5,000 hot nutritious meals to vulnerable people during the winter. These will be fulfilled by our Community Cookery School teams across the UK.
  • Deliver 8 additional Cooking on a Budget and Fresh Start Programme workshops nationally inclusive of supporting participants with ingredients & utensil costs where required.

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Make an Impact this Winter

Choose from our range of crowdfunding rewards that enable you to pledge directly to our Community Meal Drive campaign or support the wider work of our non-profit organisation by selecting one of our fundraising gifts that give twice!

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Our exciting range of fundraising gifts, also sold via our online shop and at market events, are helping us to counter the financial challenges created by the pandemic and build a strong nationwide organisation capable of meeting the increased demand for our services.

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With your support we will be able to scale up our response to the Cost of Living Crisis and bring people together through food in communities across the UK this winter.

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

Community Meal Drive

Support our Community Cookery School teams as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people this winter. This pledge will fund 5 hot nutritious meals.

£4 or more

Community Meal Drive

Support our Community Cookery School teams as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people this winter. This pledge will fund 1 hot nutritious meal.

£8 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Bounceback Tea Towel

Order one of our brand new cotton tea towels - designed & printed in Manchester! Includes P&P.

£12 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Recipe Calendar (2024)

With 12 exciting recipes and beautiful food photography throughout, our 2024 Recipe Calendar is the perfect fundraising gift for a foodie! Includes P&P.

£15 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Secret Dishes From Around the World 3

Get a signed copy of our most recent fundraising cookbook! Secret Dishes From Around the World 3 contains original artwork from 20 of our partner arts charities, beautiful food photography and 40 exciting recipes! Includes P&P.

£35 or more

0 of 3 claimed

Bounceback Chef's Knife

Order one of our brand new chef's knives - made in Sheffield! Includes P&P.

£40 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Secret Dishes From Around the World Trilogy

Get £35 off the combined RRP of our acclaimed fundraising cookbook trilogy and support our crowdfunding target all at the same time! The series contains over 80 of our favourite recipes, beautiful food photography, original artwork and stories of people supported by our Community Cookery School since 2014. Includes P&P.

£50 or more

1 of 5 claimed

Mega-Bundle!

You’ll receive our 2024 recipe calendar, a tote bag, tea towel and a Bounceback branded chef's knife. A perfect selection of gifts! Includes P&P.

£100 or more

Community Meal Drive

Support our Community Cookery School teams as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people this winter. This pledge will fund 25 hot nutritious meals.

£500 or more

Podcast Episode Sponsorship

Sponsor an episode of Share Your Secrets, our podcast that celebrates the diversity of food, art and community! Episodes in Series 1, 2 & 3 are available via Spotify, Apple & Google Podcasts.

£750 or more

Secret Supper Club

Host one of our fundraising Secret Supper Clubs in your own home for up to 10 people! Invite your friends round for a dinner party with a difference as our team serves up a feast based on recipes featured in our cookbooks. We cook the food, you provide the drinks & guests! NB. bookings outside of Greater Manchester may need to provide additional support with travel & accommodation costs - contact us via [email protected] for further info.

£1,250 or more

Corporate Cookalong

Our online Corporate Cookalongs are a brilliant team-building event that bring people together from the safety and comfort of their own kitchens. We coordinate everything on your behalf - just pick a time, date and let us know what cuisine you'd like your evening to be themed on! We also run equivalent in-person Corporate Cook-Off events, email [email protected] for further info.

£2,500 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Bronze)

This pledge will fund 1000 hot nutritious meals for vulnerable people this winter. We'll also thank your company for supporting our crowdfunding campaign via all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) - helping you to reach tens of thousands of people across the UK!

£5,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Silver)

This pledge will fund 2000 hot nutritious meals for vulnerable people this winter. We'll also thank your company for supporting our crowdfunding campaign via all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) - helping you to reach tens of thousands of people across the UK!

£10,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Gold)

This pledge will fund 5000 hot nutritious meals for vulnerable people this winter. We'll also thank your company for supporting our crowdfunding campaign via all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) - helping you to reach tens of thousands of people across the UK!

£25,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Legacy - Community Meal Drive)

This pledge will fund 10,000 hot nutritious meals for vulnerable people this winter. Your company will become a permanent corporate sponsor of our Cooking & Nutrition Portal. We'll thank your company for supporting our crowdfunding campaign via all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) & feature you as a permanent corporate sponsor on our website - helping you to annually reach thousands of people across the UK.

£25,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Legacy - Community Cooking)

This pledge will fund year round provision of cookery workshops in 1 of the 20 UK cities where we're building Community Cookery School teams. Your company will become a permanent corporate sponsor of our Cooking & Nutrition Portal. We'll thank you for supporting our campaign via all our social media channels & feature you as a permanent corporate sponsor on our website - helping you to annually reach thousands of people across the UK!

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