Can Cook is a registered charity; we trade commercially and invest our profits into creating Real Living Wage jobs for local people, and providing fresh, chilled meals, free of charge to families in food poverty. We chose to structure ourselves in this way in response to the growing number of people going hungry in the UK, and the lack of fresh food available to them.
In 2016, we partnered with our local newspaper, the Liverpool Echo, to further our impact by raising awareness and funds to feed hungry households in Merseyside. The response was incredible, raising over £50,000 to provide essential fresh food to families in difficulty.
2017 saw the launch of phase 2 of the campaign, focusing on providing good food for children through the school holidays, and extending our reach to more families in the region. Throughout the year we provided an additional 10,000 meals for children facing Holiday Hunger.
In 2018 we partnered with Flintshire County Council to bring the Share Your Lunch campaign to community centres and play schemes across North Wales, providing thousands of meals for children facing Holiday Hunger. We used our experience in food poverty to co-produce a ‘Hunger in Flintshire’ report – documenting the changes we will continue to make in the area through fresh food and sustainability.
With over 80,000 meals distributed since its launch, Share Your Lunch is the largest food aid offer providing fresh food in the UK.