By Jenni Pocsai, Operations Manager, The Good Food Bag
The Greater Manchester Food Poverty Action Plan (March 2019) calls for local partnerships to set up more food clubs, especially in areas that lack affordable healthy food. There has been a positive increase since this plan was published and there are now 49 food clubs and pantries where at the time of the report, there were only 30. Food clubs and pantries help those who are struggling and could end up at crisis point or relying on food banks.
There is a new venture setting out to further help this group of people. The Good Food Bag is a social enterprise partnership between Irwell Valley Homes and One Manchester dedicated to disrupting the food economy, to help those affected by the poverty premium to access good, convenient ingredients to cook great meals at home. By providing choice with great value, we see a massive benefit for those who may be otherwise at the mercy of convenience foods.
The idea is simple, you can order a recipe kit — classic meals to feed as many or as few people as you wish — via text and pick it up at dedicated collection points close to work or home when it suits you. We are at the start of a 12-month pilot to see where and how this idea can have the most impact.
The Good Food Bag welcomes a new Operations Manager, Jenni Pocsai. She comes with a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm as well as a love of great food. This appointment means we are one step closer to being ready to trade!
The plan is to be trading by March 2020 and we are looking to our partners to help this process along. If you are interested in helping us make The Good Food Bag amazing, please get in touch to let us know where you’d like to see us trading and making a difference to people’s lives. You can get in touch via our website