Celebrated on 16th October, World Food Day aims to highlight ways we can work towards achieving Zero Hunger by nourishing people while nurturing the planet. This World Food Day, we look at six initiatives in Bath that work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger...
Launched in 2000, the Genesis Trust’s Lunch Box offers low-price hot meals on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes at St Michael’s Without. Their visitors are rough sleepers, low-income earners and people who are vulnerably housed, and their friendly team of volunteers provide a warm welcome and offer further support where needed.
Bath Soup Run
Another Genesis Trust initiative, Bath Soup Run was launched in 1990 and offers hot soup and sandwiches at Bath's Cattle Market car park every night of the year, even on Christmas Day. Bath Soup Run is organised by church volunteer groups who donate both food and their time to the cause.
Part of a national network of food banks seeded by the Trussel Trust, Bath Foodbank offers three-day emergency food parcels to people on low incomes or who have had a sudden change in circumstances. All of the food offered is kindly donated by the general public, businesses and organisations, and the service is delivered by a team of volunteers.
Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a catering training enterprise run by local mental health charity Bath Mind. The project provides opportunities for participants to gain skills, boost self-esteem, socialise and progress on their mental and physical wellbeing recovery path by taking part in cookery workshops and lunch clubs. The initiative helps individuals improve their skills around self-confidence, healthier eating choices, local and seasonal produce and budgeting. Food for Thought also offers catering for meetings, away days, training and other events.
With over one-third of the world's food wasted, one key way to reduce hunger is to prevent this from happening. FoodCycle aims to do just that, supporting those who are hungry and lonely by serving tasty meals made with surplus ingredients that would otherwise go to waste. FoodCycle’s Bath branch has been serving delicious three-course meals every Wednesday evening at St Mary’s Catholic Church since April 2012.
Too Good to Go
In the UK, over ten million tonnes of food, worth an estimated £17 billion, is thrown away each year. Too Good To Go offer an app that allows everyone to do their bit to reduce waste while also supporting local businesses and bagging a tasty meal. Bath-based businesses including Chandos Deli and The Cakery offer ‘Magic Bags’ containing delicious food that they would otherwise have to throw away at the end of the day, which people can purchase at a reduced price. So far, Too Good To Go has saved over 22 million meals globally.