A group of Bristol's best restaurants and cafes have teamed up with Bristol based charity FareShare South West to help tackle child poverty during the school summer holidays, in a great new initiative called #ActiveAte.
The #ActiveAte campaign aims to drastically reduce the number of children at risk of hunger during the school summer holidays when free school meals stop, creating a serious shortage of nutritious food. As part of the campaign, a fantastic group of Bristol's independent restaurants and cafes are offering one 'green' item each on their menu throughout July and August, raising funds for the #ActiveAte campaign every time a customer orders this dish.
Speaking about the #ActiveAte campaign, FareShare South West's CEO Julian Mines said:
"With just 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 of them in those 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 – double that of last year. We’d love more cafes or community groups to get involved, get creative and raise awareness with their ‘green’ food item. By raising awareness with as many Bristol locals as possible, it will mean we can help even more children across their school holidays, this year and in future years.”
Which Venues are Participating in the #ActiveAte Campaign?
The following venues are taking part in #ActiveAte, with a percentage of certain special 'green' items on the menu being donated to FareShare throughout summer. These green dishes will raise much needed funds through everything from cakes to salads to buddha bowls. Head on over and ask the team at each venue about their #ActivAte dish and get involved in the campaign today! Eating tasty food whilst doing good – what could be better!
- Mud Dock
- Hart's Bakery: these guys are hosting a special one-off event on the 29th July.
- Hobb's House Bakery
- Box-E: this brilliant venue is hosting an amazing Ready Steady Cook style event, with talented chefs from across the city teaming up to cook up surplus food into a tasty feast.
- TinCan Coffee (Gloucester Road & North Street)
- Coffee No. 12
- Yurt Lush
- Cafe Des Amis
- Pearly King Cakes
About FareShare South West
Based in Bristol, FareShare South West joins up the dots between two big issues: hunger and food waste. They take hundreds of tonnes of surplus food into their Bristol warehouse each year and (with the help of volunteers) redistribute it out to charities, schools and community groups right across the South West. These organisations in turn transform the food into meals for people in need. Their food supports around 13,000 people in around 200 organisations each week - in homeless shelters, elderly people's lunch clubs, school breakfast clubs and more
If you'd like to donate directly to FareShare South West, it's really easy. Just follow this link to donate via Wriggle – you can choose to donate whatever amount you can afford, and the money goes straight to FareShare.