Did you know: 1 in 8 British adults say they are anxious about not being able to afford food. All across this country there are children going to school hungry and parents skipping meals so that their kids can eat an evening meal. Nearly a million adults use a food bank every year in Britain and 5% of British adults say that they have missed a meal as they were unable to afford food.
The Together Network (part of the Church Urban Fund) wants to end hunger and is working towards this by supporting initiatives around the country such as ‘holiday-hunger’ schemes (providing free lunches for children during the summer holidays when the lack of free school meals means children often go hungry), ‘Community Fridges’ (places where surplus food is made available to those who need it), low cost community food outlets and food banks.
The Big Pancake Party is a national movement on Shrove Tuesday each year which raises funds to support these projects and raises awareness about food poverty in Britain.
Every year churches, schools, families and individuals throughout England join the Big Pancake Party and stand up to food poverty by hosting a flipping fantastic party of their own, eating, flipping and decorating pancakes with their friends and communities. In 2019 over 150 parties took place all over the country raising a phenomenal amount of money to help us continue our work fighting food poverty.
Although the Big Pancake Party is over for 2019 you can still help us tackle food poverty.
Just £3 can provide lunch for a child over summer as free school meals disappear. £9 for an emergency food parcel for a family for one day. Each £25 raised can provide a slow cooker so that families can make simple and nutritious meals with the food they receive from food banks.
Together we can make a huge difference to the lives of families across the country who are struggling to feed themselves.
For you keen Big Pancake Party participants, Shrove Tuesday 2020 is on 25th February! Pop it in your diaries and keep your eyes on this website for developments in December 2019.
Watch a video about one of the Together Network’s joint ventures and their work tackling food poverty below.