Give now for Reading Town Meal

by Reading Town Meal team in Reading

We did it
On 13th May 2016 we successfully raised £1,999 with 66 supporters in 42 days

With your support Reading will celebrate delicious home grown local food with a huge picnic in the park. Let's make a meal of it!

by Reading Town Meal team in Reading

Make a meal for all of Reading!

Please make a donation now and be part of this celebration of home-grown and local food in our town.

Over 1,000 people sharing a delicious free lunch made from home grown fresh fruit and veg in Forbury Gardens - The Town Meal is unique to Reading and is entirely run by volunteers and community groups.

With your support we can make this fantastic food festival happen in 2016.

What is Reading Town Meal?

First held in 2011, so far there have been three fantastic Reading Town Meals - a 'picnic in the park’ celebrating the delicious fruit and veg that is grown in and around Reading. Last October over 1,000 people feasted on a three course meal served free in Forbury Gardens. The meal was accompanied by music from local bands, family fun activities, plus the chance to learn more about growing your own food, shop with local producers and find out what local community and sustainability groups are doing in Reading. It’s one of the events that makes Reading a special place to live.

Why do we need your support?

We want to make this an annual event, and hold the biggest and best Reading Town Meal yet in 2016. We’ve booked Forbury Gardens for Saturday 1 October. What we need now is your support. Will you give in a donation – big or small - to help make this much loved event happen in 2016?

We’re offering some tasty rewards as a thank you to everyone who backs the Reading Town Meal – choose yours now from the selection on this page!  Simply click on your chosen reward to make a secure donation from your paypal account or your credit card.  You don't need to have a paypal account and you can choose to give any amount you wish.

How will your money be used?

Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked and served by Reading College, and lots of people give their time as volunteers. But even with all the amazing volunteer input, the Town Meal still costs around £5,000 to stage.

We’ve managed to secure some grant funding and there’s £3,000 left to raise by 15 May so we are launching this crowdfunding appeal to put on Reading Town Meal 2016. All donations big or small will help pay for the marquees, gas cookers, plates and cutlery, sound system – plus of course the rubbish bins and loos!

Please chip in with whatever you can and then share this appeal with your friends, family, workmates and neighbours.







This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Famous in Forbury: All backers will have their name on the 'Meal Makers' thank you board at the Town Meal and on the Reading Town Meal website.

£12 or more

17 of 75 claimed

£12 Reward

Town Meal Takeaway: A goody bag for you at the Reading Town Meal. A very special package including seeds, vouchers and a recipe card as your souvenir from the day you helped make happen.

£15 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£15 Reward

Summer lunch at Roots pop up restaurant: A voucher for a delicious vegan lunch and a drink during Reading's Green Fest and Water Fest on Saturday 11 June, thanks to Roots Food.

£18 or more

3 of 6 claimed

£18 Reward

Two bottles of Loddon Brewery beer. A voucher for beers of your choice donated by the lovely people at Loddon.

£20 or more

32 of 75 claimed

£20 Reward

Pocket salad garden: Grow your own food with our kit. As your thank you for backing the Town Meal we'll provide easy ready-to-grow plants so you can start your own herb or salad garden on a windowsill or outside.

£50 or more

6 of 15 claimed

£50 Reward

Explore the exotic edibles: a VIP tour of Reading's RISC roof garden. The experts will show you around this fascinating oasis in the heart of Reading.

£120 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£120 Reward

Instant allotment: seasonal grow-your-own veg plants for a year. As a special thank you for backing Reading Town Meal, we'll provide you with a delicious variety of plug plants for each stage of the 2016 growing season.

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