The sun may be shining and school is out but many families dread the summer holidays as they struggle financially and children go hungry when their free school meals stop. The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT) will be on hand at The Work Shop in Moss Side to help families in need over the summer with a special 'Pop Up' service, providing weekly bags of food and household supplies.
Mark Game of The Bread and Butter Thing, explains: "the school holidays are a real issue for many families that struggle to feed their kids for six long weeks. And the results for children aren't great as they go back to school really hungry, distracted and less able to learn effectively. The Bread and Butter Thing is stepping in in Moss Side specifically to help families who may otherwise struggle to eat well this summer. Each week our team will deliver bags of nutritious food at an affordable price to the Moss Side community."
To date, TBBT have provided over 3,000,000 meals to families in need in 5 boroughs of Greater Manchester. Currently it is delivering roughly 15 tonnes of surplus food a week – that's about 1,800,000 meals a year.
TBBT now has over 6,000 members across Greater Manchester, collectively saving over £25,000 per week – about £1.25M per year. The average saving per week is £20. Members range from young families and single parent families to refugees and the elderly.