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Square Food reaches 20,000 meals for families in need

Donations of £43,000 have helped the service continue

All images courtesy of Square Food Foundation

Director of Square Food Foundation Barny Haughton with meals prepared for local families.

A Knowle West cookery school has reached a milestone of preparing and distributing 20,000 meals for local families at risk of hunger during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Square Food Foundation based at The Park in Daventry Road launched its #SquareMeals appeal following the school closures during lockdown – specifically aimed at children who usually received free school meals. 

They have been overwhelmed by the donations they have received and have now been feeding 275 families a day for over 20 weeks – with the service continuing until the start of the autumn term.

Shepherd’s pie being prepared in the Square Food kitchen at The Park.

They have also been supported by a team of volunteers – some of whom featured in Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army which celebrates volunteers across the UK coming together to help each other during the coronavirus crisis.

Meals being delivered by a team of volunteers.

Claire Allen from Square Food says: “When we launched the #SquareMeals appeal, we never imagined we’d raise enough to sustain this emergency meal service into what is now its 20th week. 

“But our supporters have surpassed every expectation, donating an incredible £43,000 to keep children and families from going hungry. 

“Add to that the support we’ve received from grant-making organisations and we’ve raised enough to extend the #SquareMeals mission and our Virtual Cooking Club until the end of the summer holidays…”

The new DIY meal kit initiative was launched in April to complement the #SquareMeals deliveries. 

It provides the same families with an extra meal over the weekend – containing all the ingredients needed to feed a family of five. 

A cook-along video link presented by a Square Food Foundation teacher shows how to make the meal – and encourages children to help out in the kitchen and learn about healthy eating.

Children making pasta ribbons as part of the DIY kit.

Claire adds: “Any donations we receive from now on will be used to adapt and extend these services across our community. 

“In the pipeline are plans for a community pantry, a family cooking club and training courses that improve life chances for Bristol’s young people. Watch this space and thank you for all of your support.”

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