On 28th December, 2017, we published a blog post celebrating reaching 10,000 hot, nourishing meals for local people in need. At that point, we excitedly (albeit a little nervously) set a goal of 20,000 meals by the middle of 2018.
But a couple of months later, on 8th March, 2018, we wrote to you to share news that our partners had already met that goal, doubling our year-long impact in the space of just over 2 months, and taking our total to over 20,000 meals in half of the time allocated. At that point, we upped our game and set an enormously ambitious target of 50,000 meals by the end of 2018.
It is now only 7 months later, and with still a couple of months left of the year, I’m delighted to be sharing the news with you that our incredible partners have now smashed that, and have generated over 50,000 meals for people in need through Foodinate.
Our mission has grown to new heights this year, and it simply wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the unwavering passion and support from our incredible partners and their customers.
We love all of our partners dearly, for believing in our concept, for backing a new, innovative way of giving, and for joining our fight against local food poverty. In fact, I’d like to take this opportunity to send an extra special thank you and shout-out to some absolute hospitality superhero’s, who have gone over and above to support our mission and whom our impact wouldn’t be possible without:
Proove Pizza are our largest meal contributor to date, having generated over 20,000 meals for people in need in their communities of Manchester and Sheffield since our partnership begin in December of last year (yes, you heard that right!) Blown away by their impact, we even visited the Proove Pizza team earlier this year to present them with an award for their impressive commitment.
The Alchemist joined forces with Foodinate in May of this year, taking our impact nationwide, and they are already regularly generating over 3,000 meals every single month for those in need across their communities!
Manchester University has been a huge campaigner for Foodinate since day 1, continuously increasing the number of Foodinate-inclusive items offered with every menu change. In fact, if you head to their Student Union bar (532 Bar & Kitchen) now, you will find a whopping NINE Foodinate items on the menus!
GG Events & Catering, i.e. Hotel Football, Manchester Cathedral, Salford City FC and the Urbis centre. GG Events & Catering, co-owned by footballing legends Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, has shown unprecedented support for our concept, committing to Foodinate ALL of its private events, at ALL of its venues. This has been extremely well received by its clients, who can give back to the community in a meaningful way, at no extra cost to themselves, just by booking their event with GG Events & Catering.
If you’d like to join the Foodinate family, please do get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, it wouldn’t be tradition if we didn’t set a new milestone as we celebrate reaching the last one – so watch this space for 100,000 meals by the end of 2019!
In the meantime – sending another huge THANK YOU for all of the support!