Eating for charity

By Sophie Pryn

Some people run marathons, others climb mountains. A few take pleasure from bathing in baked beans, while some gather sponsorship from a good old fashioned bring-and-buy sale. Here at delicious. magazine we think eating is by far the most enjoyable way of doing your bit for charity, so we’ve rounded up six different food-related charity campaigns for you to sink your teeth into.

1. Casserole Club

When? As often as it suits you.

What? We featured a story about Casserole Club in the magazine last year. The idea is a simple one – just cook an extra portion of food and give it to an older neighbour who would benefit from a good meal and a friendly chat. Visit the Casserole Club website and they can put you in touch with someone in need. You can do it as often or as little as you like. If you know an older person who would benefit from being cooked for then you can suggest them here.

Why? It’s a great option if you’re short on time because it takes something you’re already doing – cooking a meal at home – and connects you to an older, isolated person who most needs the food and the company.


2. Curry for change

When? June to October 2015

What? Hold an Indian dinner party at home and ask guests to donate the money they’d usually spend on a takeaway. Sign up on the Curry for change website and you’ll receive all the essential ingredients for the night, including exclusive recipes from chefs such as Atul Kochhar, Cyrus Todiwala, Anjum Anand and Vivek Singh. If you need more inspiration you can find our favourite curry recipes here.

Why? Every penny raised will be matched by Natco foods and used by the charity Find Your Feet to help rural families in Africa and Asia fight hunger and poverty.


3. The Strawberry Tea party

When? June to August 2015

What? You might have read our blog about Breast Cancer Care’s annual Strawberry Tea campaign or seen the recipes in our June issue with the glamorous Tootsie Rollers. If not, here’s how it works: bake a batch of sweet strawberry-laden treats (you can find a special collection of recipes here), then invite your friends over for an afternoon tea in return for a donation.

Why? All the money you raise will help support people with breast cancer.


4. FoodCycle

When? Anytime.

What? FoodCycle uses food that would otherwise have gone to waste to make cheap, nourishing and tasty vegetarian meals for those suffering from food poverty and social isolation in the UK. They use volunteers who are struggling to find work from the surrounding community to help make and serve the meals, training them up so they can go on to find employment.

What? FoodCycle has hubs all over England as well as a permanent café in London (find your local hub by clicking on this link). Go and eat at one – they’re open to everyone and the food is great, especially when you consider it almost ended up in the bin. Want to do more? Volunteer or become a hub leader.

Why? There are over four million people in the UK who are affected by food poverty, yet over seven million tonnes of food gets wasted every year. There are also over 1.8 million unemployed people. FoodCyle works to combat all of these problems.


5. Come Dine with Syria

When? Anytime

What? The premise of the Come Dine with Syria campaign is a similar one to Curry For Change – host a dinner party in return for donations from your guests. In order to raise awareness of the food crisis in Syria, Human Appeal ais also asking dinner party hosts to restrict themselves to the limited ingredients that Syrians receive in their food parcels. This includes lentils, rice and chickpeas (you can find the whole list here). You can be as inventive as you like with the ingredients or use one of the recipes on the Human Appeal website.

Why? Since the conflict began in 2011 more than 190,000 Syrians have been killed, 1.5 million have been injured and 6.8 million are hungry. The money your dinner party raises will help Human Appeal to continue providing 6.5 million displaced Syrians with the resources they desperately need.

6. Love Food Give Food

When? September to end of November. Look out for a special feature in the October issue of Delicious magazine.

What? Every year we team up with Action Against Hunger for its Love Food Give Food campaign. This year we’re planning recipes for a special family meal with Atul Kochhar – find it in our October issue and start planning your dinner party with a difference. Throughout the campaign, participating restaurants will also be giving you the opportunity to add £1 to your bill, which they’ll donate to the charity on your behalf. This raised an amazing £250,000 last year.

Why? Action Against Hunger is dedicated to saving the lives of malnourished children while providing communities with safe drinking water and sustainable solutions to hunger. In 2014 they helped over 13.6 million people around the world.


Are you planning any food-related charity fundraisers? Tell us about them in the comments below.

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