Cracking Good Food Coronavirus Appeal

We are facing the greatest public health and economic emergency in living memory.
Cracking Good Food has launched a fundraising appeal, to support vulnerable communities
impacted by the global coronavirus crisis.

Your donation will directly support our nonprofit work in delivering free cooked meals to
people struggling with poverty, redundancy and/or self-isolation.

We cannot do this work without your support. Together we can get through this.
Thank you for your help.

PLEASE DONATE

Our response to the Coronavirus

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Since lockdown we’ve gone into overdrive.

We’ve been offered the commercial kitchen at the University of Manchester’s Halls of Residence – they’ve even provided us with their re-fridgerated van and drivers, meaning we can collect more surplus food to cook with! It also means that we no longer have to work from EHO approved domestic kitchens, but can up our scale 10 fold!

With safe distancing, 2 of our cooks can safely head up and train 6 willing and wonderful volunteers. There is a lot of chopping involved! We’re distributing nearly 3,000 meals a week.

Our surplus, unwanted food comes from Fareshare Greater Manchester and we continue to distribute nutritious meals to families, communities and now individuals across Manchester, as we now work alongside Manchester City Council’s Covid19 emergency response to individuals isolating or being shielded.

We are providing urgent meals to the elderly, families in food poverty, those suffering from mental or physical health conditions, those experiencing homelessness, people in emergency accommodation with no cooking facilities, asylum seeks, refugees, those undertaking cancer treatment, families affected by holiday hunger, disabled veterans, female rough sleepers and women and children feeling abuse.

And this is just the tip of the iceberg. When emergency accommodation is removed, the rise in homelessness and rough sleeping will escalate.

Please continue to support our Appeal! It’s vital, as funding is a very competitive process. We cannot do this otherwise. Thank you.

If you can volunteer to help distribute meals or cook please contact amanda@crackinggoodfood.org

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If you can help write funding bids, can offer strategic support or partnerships, please contact adele@crackinggoodfood.org

For information regarding financial donations please contact tracey@crackinggoodfood.org

Our rapid response to the Coronavirus has featured in the Manchester Evening News.

Thank you. Together we can do this. Poverty is the pandemic that should never have been ideologically allowed to get to this level.

Thank you – we believe that everyone deserves good food. We’re a social enterprise, so no vested interests just a joint mission to make the world a kinder, cleaner and tastier place!

Cracking Good Food

Empowering & enabling all communities
to access and cook good affordable food from scratch

We campaign against food waste and the many causes of climate change.
We fight for social justice, a Living Wage and good food for all, sourced through the local economy.
Everyone deserves good food and it’s affordable IF you know WHAT to cook and HOW.

We campaign against food waste and the many causes of climate change. We fight for social justice, a Living Wage and good food for all, sourced through the local economy.

Everyone deserves good food and it’s affordable IF you know WHAT to cook and HOW.

COOKERY SCHOOL

Breadmaking, Cantonese, Pasta, Japanese, Foraging and so much more! Bookings support core running costs enabling us to work in communities.

HOSTELS

We deliver FREE 10 week cooking programmes at 4 Manchester Homeless Prevention Hostels.

EDUCATION

Upskilling School Cooks, teachers, parents, children and students to embrace a good food culture!

FORAGING

Full or half day wild food forages across Manchester, Cheshire and Yorkshire.

CAMPAIGNING

Fighting against food, fuel poverty and homelessness by promoting the Living Wage and fair working conditions.

COOKBANK & TRAINING

Specific training to set up Community Cooking Clubs that embrace positive environmental change.

HOUSING ASSOCIATIONS

Teaching communities how to cook healthy, affordable food also brings neighbours together socially.

GREATER MANCHESTER POVERTY ACTION

Our joint mission is to eradicate food poverty in Greater Manchester.

TEAMBUILDING & PARTIES

Anytime, anywhere! Food brings people together, we would love to cook with you.

SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainability is a key element of our working practices.

HEALTHY REWARDS

Anytime, anywhere! Food brings people together, we would love to cook with you.

GIFT VOUCHERS

Give a cooking session or two as an original, fun, experiential gift!

GET INVOLVED

Come and find out more about our range of sponsorship opportunities to support Cracking Good Food & the GMFPA Skills & Training subgroup to eradicate Food Poverty in Greater Manchester.

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Make a difference to communities currently living in food poverty. Your donation will help us inspire and educate communities and individuals to know and appreciate the importance of good food .

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Cracking Good Food is supported by over 100 volunteers without whom we would not be able to deliver our extensive programme of cookery classes, courses, workshops and demos.

we need you!

COMMUNITY COOKING

Find out more about the full range of our historic community outreach work from 2010 up to 2019.

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We won Best Business in 2018.

This 1 minute film is about what we do, and was voted upon by the public.

Have a look!

We pay a minimum of £9.50 per hour, 20p more than the official hourly rate. This is for all our team, with no exceptions for those under 25.

All Living costs have to be met irrespective of age.

MEET OUR TEAM

Amanda Aiken

Kala Mandviwala

Marcello Ghiretti

Sam Sin

Rob Tomlinson

Meet The Rest of The Team

OUR VALUES

As a company and as individuals we value:

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  • Co-operative and collaborative working

  • Flexibility and enthusiasm

  • Integrity and honesty

  • Care for customers as well as food

  • Respect for our environment

  • Supporting the local economy

  • Fair pay

  • Constructive self-criticism and organisational improvement

  • Sustainability, as individuals, as an organisation and in a wider context