Eat your ‘greens’ in Bristol’s restaurants and cafes to help prevent school holiday hunger

July 26, 2019

Some of Bristol’s top restaurants and cafes are serving up dishes inspired by the colour green during the summer holidays in support of a project that provides meals to children’s holiday clubs across the city.

A percentage of the money made from selling these dishes will be donated directly to FareShare South West’s #ActiveAteBristol campaign – whether it’s a smoothie, salad, cake or dessert. 

The #ActiveAteBristol campaign aims to provide more than 40,000 meals to children during the holidays.

FareShare South West is the region’s biggest food redistribution charity, saving nearly more than 400 tonnes of good surplus food each year from right across the food supply chain and redistributing it to 190-plus schools, charities and community groups across the South West.

CEO Julian Mines said: “When school stops, so does school food support. For some Bristol families, the six-week break can be a challenging time.

“Increased food, childcare and activity costs can be an additional strain to a family already struggling to make ends meet. With over 7,300 Primary School pupils in Bristol receiving free school meals during term time, a vacuum is left when the holidays begin.

“We know that 1 in 4 children in Bristol is at risk of experiencing hunger and this will become a reality for many in these summer months. Food insecurity is sadly a growing issue in our region, but we hope to support as many children as possible with this summer.”

He said FareShare South West had been overwhelmed by the support of the food industry in Bristol, which will enable #ActiveAteBristol double its impact in the city this year.

“However, our work doesn’t stop here and to allow us to continue to supply the most vulnerable in our region with the vast amounts of in-date, high quality surplus food that would otherwise be wasted, fundraising campaigns like this one are essential,” he said.

“We hope the people of Bristol will get involved by popping to one of the cafes or restaurants and enjoy a dish inspired by the green in our logo: resulting in a donation being made to us.”

#ActiveAteBristol is one of a number of campaigns the charity runs across the year, including the likes of the #BigBreakfast campaign, which supports breakfast clubs for all in schools across the region.

‘Green’ inspired dishes are available until September 1 in the following:

Hobbs House Bakery, North Street & Gloucester Road (Tuscan Bread Salad: Tuscan chopped salad of soaked organic turmeric and chilli sourdough, delicious sweet red tomatoes, avocado and fresh herbs)

Mud Dock, Bristol Harbourside (Halloumi, new potato & asparagus with harissa tahini.)

TinCan Coffee, North Street and Gloucester Road (Green Power Bowl and Green Machine smoothie)

Coffee Number 12, Easton (Green element to the special of the day)

Yurt Lush, Temple Meads (Buddha Bowl)

Cafe Des Amis, Easton (Cakes and all main dishes)

Pearly King Cakes, Redland (Cupcakes)

B-Block Pizza, Keynsham (A green smoothie plus £1 added to all bills)

BOX-E Bristol, Wapping Wharf (A green element to all desserts, plus a one-off sold-out event on Mon 22nd July)

Wriggle (fundraising through the app and website)

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