Office workers ditch their takeouts in favour of packed lunch to help the needy

  • Money from initiative will be used to preapre meals for vulnerable and needy people
  • People asked to donate the £3 they would usually spend on lunch money

Workers across Manchester ditched their meal deals in exhange for a packed lunch in order to help people in need.

Fareshare asked people for a donation of £3, the cost for a typical meal deal, which can feed up to 12 people.

Fareshare is the UK’s largest food redistribution charity and helps feed 26,000 people every week. Last year they provided enough food for more than 3.4m meals.

The charity takes surplus food from more than 500 companies, last year redistributing to 240 breakfast clubs, homeless shelters and community centres.

Google and Spotify are just two of the businesses that have contributed towards the initiative.


Miranda Kaunang, head of  development at FareShare Greater Manchester, said: “Teams who are normally pitted against each other in their business lives have set all of this aside to help us get more food where its needed most.”

Joanna Parnell, co-founder at Project50, which heads up the campaign, added: “10,000 donations at the cost of a meal deal would mean that we can feed 120,000 people that may struggle to get access to food on a daily basis.”

FareShare has 21 centres across the UK and are always looking for people to get involved.

If you would like to volunteer and help feed the vulnerable,  details are available here: https://fareshare.org.uk/volunteer/