The Big Pancake Party

Together we can make a huge difference to the lives of families across the country who are struggling to afford food.

The Big Pancake Party is a movement of people who make a flipping difference on Shrove Tuesday.

On the 25th February it's Pancake Day and its your chance to help us tackle food poverty. Hundreds of people all over the country will be hosting a party, eating pancakes and raising funds to help us tackle hunger in England. If you'd like to join the movement and support our work, all you have to do is make a donation.

At CUF we know that the school holidays can often be a time of increased hunger and stress, with weekly budgets having to stretch to cover additional meals, leaving families struggling to make ends meet. This is the story of Sian* - a mum of three in Middlesbrough - who struggles in this way. She often goes without food so her kids can have three meals a day. The summer holidays were a stressful time... until she discovered the Feast of Fun.

Feast of Fun, run by Church Urban Fund’s Together Network, supports over 1,500 children, young people and families in the Middlesbrough area over the school holidays by offering fun activities, healthy food and family outings.

‘It’s been a godsend. I would not have had any food today if I had not come here.'

The food is important, but Feast of Fun provides so much more than this. There are day trips to places like the seaside and wildlife reserves, and hundreds of free books are given to children to take home and keep to help develop literacy skills over the summer.

When Sian’s children went back to school in September they had loads of brilliant experiences from Feast of Fun to talk about, everything from dance classes to football games to days at the beach - otherwise they wouldn’t have had much to say about their summer holidays.

It is estimated that 3 million children are at risk of hunger during school holidays. Thankfully, Sian's children won't be some of them.

A gift from you today will help us reach more families experiencing food poverty through hundreds of projects, supported by the Church Urban Fund, that are working to tackle hunger in Britain. Your donation will help those struggling to put food on the table.

Thank you so much for caring and for joining the Big Pancake movement.

  • Find out more about food poverty here.
  • Find out more about how the Together Network is fighting hunger here.
  • Find out more about the Big Pancake Party here.

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