Help deliver meal kits to young people in need

by The MAZI Project in Bristol, , United Kingdom

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On 23rd July 2023 we successfully raised £13,120 ( + est. £88.75 Gift Aid ) with 114 supporters in 55 days

Help us deliver tasty, nutritious and sustainable meals to young people facing food poverty.

by The MAZI Project in Bristol, , United Kingdom

We believe EVERYONE should have ACCESS and the CHOICE to eat tasty, nutritious and sustainable food that is good for the soul and for the planet! 

Sadly, this isn’t the case. 6,633 young people in Bristol suffered from severe to moderate food insecurity between 2020 - 2021. This number is only increasing due to the cost of living crisis and the consequences of COVID - 19. 

So far we have delivered over 17,000 singles meals and 6800 aMAZIng Meal kits, but we NEED to do more! 

So, we need your help to get a van to deliver our aMAZIng meal kits to 160 of the 6,633 young people by the end of this year! And if we meet our stretch target and secure a larger and permanent space, we can reach 300.


Why do young people need our help?

Our city's vulnerable 16 - 25 year olds need support. At a future defining age we believe we should be nurturing and empowering victims of domestic abuse, asylum seekers, care leavers and youth recovering from homelessness. Most have faced family breakdowns, war, struggle with mental and physical health, PTSD, sexual exploitation, poverty and often the feeling of isolation and loneliness. 


"My cooking was limited and not very nutritional. I think a part of it was I was also feeling rubbish and so was eating badly as this is what I felt I deserved." aMAZIng young person

The cost of living crisis has seen a 19% increase in food costs, further restricting Bristol’s disadvantaged young people's quality of food to takeaways, tinned food or processed food.  Combining this malnourished diet with their day to day challenges can have a heavy impact on their education, employment and health in the long term. This vicious cycle can make young people feel worthless and not cared for, pushing them further into a destructive lifestyle.

Well it's time we showed we cared! 


We are The MAZI Project, a youth led CIC empowering marginalised young people through food! Teaching them to cook tasty and nutritious meals made with local ingredients. 

What is our aMAZIng Meal kit service? 

Each week the young people we support receive a text with a large array of our TASTY and SEASONAL meals asking each young person to CHOOSE up to 3 recipes. All our boxes include locally sourced fresh ingredients, pre-weighed and mixed dry ingredients and a simple to follow recipe card; ready for the young people to cook three nutritious meals. 

When they start with us they receive their very own aMAZIng Recipe Book, a refillable oil bottle and a selection of spices as seen in middle image. 


“The MAZI Project has changed the idea of food for me. It's wonderful to enjoy good food with others, but it's just as important to make good healthy meal for yourself.” aMAZIng young person

How does The MAZI Project help the planet? 

We believe food poverty and climate change NEED to be part of the same conversation! That is why, we put the protection of our planet and sustainability at the heart of how we operate. 

With each of our recipes, we aim to work with the seasons and with local growers and small scale producers. Not only does that help our planet, but helps grow the local economy, support small scale farmers and get nutrient dense food to young people in need. 

So far, we have been getting delicious produce from Radford Mill, Five Acre Farm and more. 

We are still just over two years old which means, there is definitely room for improvement but having the correct infrastructure like a van can help us towards our goal of tackling food poverty whilst reducing CO2 emissions! 

Why do we need a van? 

We currently depend on our wonderful volunteers, their cars and founder Melanie’s car to deliver all our aMAZIng meal kits but this is not sustainable,  for us or the planet. 

If we are looking to go from 80 to 160, we need to get our own van and hire someone to drive the majority of the boxes. This will ensure that all boxes are delivered on time with ALL the appropriate safeguarding and training in place and without depending too much on volunteers.


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This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

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One Year of Bristol Beer Factory love

Bristol Beer Factory is teaming up with the Mazi Project to offer two lucky locals, a year’s BBF Beer SUBSCRIPTION. That’s 12 beers, every month, for 12 months. Receive brand new brews, returning specials, and our entire iconic core collection, every month. WHEN YOU GET IT: Come to the Tap Room on North Street to pick up 3 cases, every 3 months (total of 12). This ensures you get the freshest beer all year round.

£20 or more

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The Mazi Project ‘Film Food’ Tote Bag

Designed by ambassador, Maisie Williams, this spacious tote is more durable than a plastic bag and is ideal for carrying your shopping essentials. And best of all, it’s made with certified organic cotton and printed on demand in the UK, in a renewable energy-powered factory.

£10 or more

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Harts Bakery Voucher

A delicious voucher for Bristol's famous Harts Bakery.

£15 or more

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Coffee & cake from Roam Wild Coffee x 404 Bakes

Tasty coffee and cake at newly opened cafe and cake collab in Clifton.

£30 or more

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Harts Bakery Hamper

A hamper of treats by Harts Bakery including a selection of cakes, pastries, bread and jam

£35 or more

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Wine and Cheese for 2

Head to The Bristol Cheesemonger for wine and cheese on the terrace for two. These regional specialists offer seasonal and local cheeses collected straight from the farm. It doesn't get much fresher than that! Make yourselves comfortable on their terrace, take a pew in the small seating area and enjoy some wine and cheese.

£40 or more

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East African Lunch for 2 at Jikoni

Lunch for 2 at one of Bristol's best spots for East African deliciousness!

£40 or more

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Radical Roasters specialty coffee bundle

Radical Roasters super bunble inclues: 1 x bag of Colombian Coffee beans, 1 x Radical Roasters tote bag, voucher of Coffee and cake for 2 at the Radical Roasters Roastery Coffee Shop.

£50 or more

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Voucher for Papadeli

Multi award winning deli in Bristol - full of the finest foods, cheesemonger, takeaway dishes, frozen meals, amazing cakes, foodie gifts.

£80 or more

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Recipe kit for four and MAZI cooking apron

Together with Sonny Stores, Give-A-Box is a special initiative delivering seasonal recipe boxes curated by some of Bristol’s best chefs, to your door. On the 19th July we will deliver your very own recipe kit with 3 tasty summer recipes curated by Bristol chef Anna Shepard. You will also get your very own The MAZI Project cooking apron made with ethical material. LIMITED TO BRISTO

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Ah Toots award winning afternoon tea for 2

A delicious treat at Bristol's famous art focused cakery that ranked in top 23 for best afternoon teas in The Times.

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