Over at our FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland depot, we’ve been very excited about the new Full Time Meals campaign, put together by FareShare ambassador Marcus Rashford MBE and chef Tom Kerridge, in order to support FareShare.
Every child deserves a Christmas dinner, and with an estimated 2.3 million children going to bed hungry in the UK this month, Marcus and Tom have stepped up their Full Time Meals campaign this Christmas. Marcus set Tom the challenge of creating a Christmas Dinner that would feed up to six people for just £10 when using a Healthy Start Voucher. Tom has come up with not only a Christmas Dinner recipe of tasty Turkey Roll with Stuffing and Tray Bake Veggies, but also a Boxing Day Potato and Carrot Hash with Fried Eggs to use up those Christmas leftovers – you know at FareShare we love anything which helps to reduce food waste!
Christmas dinner can be a daunting prospect both financially and practically, so as well as keeping it affordable, Tom and Marcus have made the recipes super simple; no need for lots of pots and pans, and a cook-along video to explain step-by-step exactly what you need to do – these can be found on the Full Time Meals Instagram and Facebook pages.
Christmas is meant to be a time of warmth, good food, and laughter. For families facing food poverty this winter, the reality couldn’t be more different. Across the UK, thousands of families are reaching breaking point. With the sharp rise in energy and food prices, parents are being forced to choose between keeping their children warm, or putting food on the table.
It’s a shocking fact that families with children are almost twice as likely to be facing hunger this winter, which is why the Full Time Meals campaign is supporting FareShare, the UK’s largest charity network tackling food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, by urging people to donate £10, the cost of this family Christmas meal, to fight hunger. With your support we can get vital food supplies to families with nowhere else to turn. You can donate here or via text. Simply text 5FULL to 70580 to donate £5, 10FULL to donate £10, or 20FULL to donate £20. Texts will cost the standard donation amount plus one standard network rate.
Marcus says; “After all they have been through over the last 18 months, the least children deserve is a hot Christmas dinner this year. Christmas has a great ability to bring family together and I want as many children as possible to wake up on Christmas morning happy and without the stress of wondering where their next meal is coming from. We relied on the local food bank for our Christmas dinner. I want families in communities like mine to look forward to creating something special in the kitchen together and making memories.”