Let’s Fight Food Poverty Across the UK

by Bounceback Food CIC in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Let’s Fight Food Poverty Across the UK
We did it
On 3rd March 2022 we successfully raised £5,208 with 41 supporters in 28 days

We're developing teams in 20 UK cities to join our fight against food poverty. With your help we'll scale sustainably, at a quicker pace!

by Bounceback Food CIC in Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Additional funding will go directly towards developing Bounceback Teams across the UK. Initially volunteer-led, these teams will be able to:

  • Work in partnership with local food banks to support them and run campaigns to encourage food bank support
  • Run market stalls to collect food bank donations 
  • Provide catering for vulnerable people 
  • Deliver community cooking workshops that teach people how to cook delicious, nutritious food

Each team requires appropriate training, access to resources and kitchen equipment. Our aim is to have a minimum of 20 volunteer-led teams in place across the UK by the end of 2024, supported by central teams in Manchester and London plus a wider network of corporate partners.


National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund

We’re taking part in the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund. Donations to our project will be matched by the fund up to the value of £250 to help us overcome the effects of the pandemic.


Please note only one donation per supporter will be matched by the National Emergencies Trust Local Action Fund.

Who are we?

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Bounceback Food CIC is a social enterprise fighting food poverty on multiple fronts. We teach people how to cook, offer a range of learning programmes, run food bank drives at market events and deliver community meal drives that provide emergency meals for our beneficiaries.

Why Does UK Food Poverty Matter?


Our mission to fight food poverty became even more urgent as the impact of Covid-19 became clear, with food insecurity levels and food bank usage soaring. Here are just a few of the reasons why food poverty continues to matter in the UK:

  • Since 2018, there has been a 49% increase in the number of children who are dependent on food banks in the UK. (Source: Environmental Audit Committee’s Hunger, Food Insecurity and Malnutrition in the UK Report)
  • The demographic groups most likely to live in food insecurity and/or be referred to a food bank include single parents, younger people, social renters, ethnic minorities and people in poor health. (Sources: The Food Standards Agency’s The lived experience of food insecurity under Covid-19 report; The Trussell Trust’s State of Hunger 2021 Report)
  • The number of distributed Emergency Food Parcels by the Trussell Trust has risen by 128% since 2015, from 1,110,000 parcels in 2014-5 to 2,540,000 in 2020-1. (Source: The Trussell Trust’s State of Hunger 2021 Report)

Our Social Impact


Since 2014 we have taught 3,500+ people how to cook, including stroke survivors, young carers, food bank beneficiaries and elderly people living in sheltered accommodation. We have also secured 10,000+ donations to food banks and generated almost 100,000 meals for people in need via our catering, community meal drives and workshops - predominantly in the North West & North Wales.

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During the early stages of the pandemic, as the number of people living in food poverty increased, we scaled up our operations and responded by:

  • Running Community Meal Drives in central Manchester.
  • Donating all remaining stock to our Food Bank Drive in the North-West.
  • Launching an online Cooking & Nutrition Portal and pledging 5 million free licenses to our Partner Charities.
  • Adapting our catering service to deliver meals door to door.
  • Launching online cookalongs and learning programmes to support our beneficiaries remotely.

Given the increasing scale of food poverty and rising demand for our support services, we're now focused on building an organisation capable of helping people across the country.

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Expanding Nationwide


In 2021 we began creating connections with charities and food banks in the 20 cities where we're now actively building volunteer teams. Projects to date in cities beyond our central team base in Manchester include our national Reverse Advent Calendar campaign, annual Social Enterprise Internship programme and the development of Secret Dishes From Around the World 3 - our third fundraising cookbook. 

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We are actively looking for volunteers in the 20 cities where we're establishing teams: Belfast, Bristol, Brighton, Birmingham, Bradford, Cardiff, Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Leicester, London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield, Sunderland, Wakefield and York. We also have a range of remote volunteering opportunities and are planning the development of additional teams in new locations 2023 onwards - keep an eye on our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & LinkedIn) or sign up to our mailing list to stay updated.


What Will the Money be Used For?

Target 1

Our first all or nothing target of £500 will raise the funds required to develop our range of fundraising merchandise. We'd like to create Bounceback branded chopping boards, tote bags and recipe calendars!

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NB: The designs of each product are subject to change - we're working on several ideas for each!

All proceeds from selling these products will support Bounceback Community Cookery School teams in new locations as they're established. Funds from subsequent sales will help us to reduce reliance on grant income - our aim is to be financially self-sufficient by 2024. 

The recipe calendar will be developed internally by our central team in Manchester who all played a key part in the development of Secret Dishes From Around the World 1, 2 and 3.

We’ll be working with arts organisation Hive, one of our Partner Charities in Bradford, to produce beautiful Bounceback-branded wooden chopping boards. These will also be used by our teams in Manchester, London and the 18 other cities as they are trained throughout 2022 to deliver our range of cookery workshops and learning programmes.

The tote bags will be produced by North-or-Nowt, a Leeds-based screen print and design studio, specialising in gig-poster printing for musical acts around the UK. Over the years they've supported us with the development of our t-shirts and aprons too.

Each product developed will help us to become more financially sustainable in the long-run as we reduce our reliance on grant funding and aim to become self-sufficient on trading revenue by 2024. Our exciting range of gifts, sold via our online shop and at market events, will enable us to counter the financial challenges created by the pandemic and build a strong nationwide organisation capable of meeting the increased demand for our services.

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Our current product range includes our Secret Dishes From Around the World fundraising cookbook trilogy, aprons, t-shirts and gift vouchers - all of which can be ordered via our online shop.

Target 2

Additional funding will go directly towards developing Bounceback Teams across the UK. Initially volunteer-led, they will be able to:

  • Work in partnership with local food banks to support them and run campaigns to encourage food bank support
  • Run market stalls to collect food bank donations 
  • Provide catering for vulnerable people 
  • Deliver community cooking workshops that teach people how to cook delicious, nutritious food

Each team requires appropriate training, access to resources and kitchen equipment. Our aim is to have a minimum of 20 volunteer-led teams in place across the UK by the end of 2024, supported by central teams in Manchester and London plus a wider network of corporate partners.

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With your support we will be able to scale up our fight against food poverty across the UK!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£40 or more

Mega-Bundle!

You’ll receive our 2023 recipe calendar, tote bag and Bounceback branded wooden chopping board. A perfect trio of gifts just in time for Christmas!

£3 or more

Community Meal Drive

Support our team in central Manchester as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people who are struggling to access food. This pledge will fund 1 hot nutritious meal on the next Meal Drive in 2022.

£10 or more

Tote Bag

You'll receive a Bounceback tote bag designed by Leeds-based screen print and design studio, North or Nowt.

£15 or more

Recipe Calendar (2023)

Get your hands on one of our brand new recipe calendars for 2023! Featuring carefully curated, delicious recipes from Bounceback's head chef, the calendar will showcase an exciting range of delicious seasonal recipes.

£15 or more

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Secret Dishes From Around the World 3

*£10 off the full RRP!* Get a signed copy of our most recent fundraising cookbook! Secret Dishes From Around the World 3 contains original artwork from 20 of our partner arts charities, beautiful food photography and 40 exciting recipes! Includes P&P.

£20 or more

Chopping Board

You’ll receive a Bounceback branded wooden chopping board created by our partner arts charity Hive, from Bradford.

£25 or more

Community Meal Drive

Support our team in central Manchester as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people who are struggling to access food. This pledge will fund 10 hot nutritious meals on the next Meal Drive in 2022.

£25 or more

Honorary Membership (12 months)

*Half price, usually £50!* Become an Honorary Member of our Community Cookery School and help us scale up our social impact across the UK! You’ll get full access to our online Cooking & Nutrition Portal, invites to exclusive member-only events and a £35 cookalong voucher!

£45 or more

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Secret Dishes From Around the World Trilogy

Get £30 off the combined RRP of our acclaimed fundraising cookbook trilogy and support our crowdfunding target all at the same time! The series contains over 80 of our favourite recipes, beautiful food photography, original artwork and stories of people supported by our Community Cookery School since 2014.

£100 or more

Community Meal Drive

Support our team in central Manchester as they prep, cook and distribute meals to vulnerable people who are struggling to access food. This pledge will fund 40 hot nutritious meals on the next Meal Drive in 2022.

£250 or more

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Corporate Sponsor (Recipe Calendar)

Get your organisation featured in our recipe calendar! We'll feature your logo, provide a short description of your company, include a link to your website and thank you across our social media channels.

£500 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Volunteer Training & Equipment)

Become a Founding Corporate Partner of a Bounceback Food volunteer team in your town or city! £500 will cover the training and equipment needed to establish a volunteer-led team in your community to run market stalls, food bank drives and campaigns to support people living in food poverty.

£2,500 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Silver)

We'll thank your company for supporting our crowdfunding campaign via all our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn) and feature you as a sponsor on our website for 12 months - helping you to reach tens of thousands of people across the UK!

£5,000 or more

Corporate Sponsor (Staff Training & Equipment)

Become a Founding Corporate Partner of a Bounceback Food team in your location! Your support will enable us to create a salaried team leader position who will spearhead campaigns to fight food poverty and accelerate volunteer recruitment. This will enable us to scale up our social impact much faster and support more people living in food poverty in your community.

£10,000 or more

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Corporate Sponsor (Gold)

You'll be the headline corporate sponsor of our Cooking & Nutrition Portal for 12 months. The Portal provides our beneficiaries with access to recipes, cooking tips and budgeting advice. Our target is to allocate at least 500,000 licenses via our network of nationwide partner charities by the end of 2022, helping you to significantly increase brand awareness across the UK!

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