Wythenshawe has a population of 97,000 people, 58,000 of which are relying on universal credit to live. Recipients of universal credit are paid £35 short per week to live – which means almost all of these people are having to make a choice between paying for food or bills.

 

The Big Feed was an initiative brought about by Churches Together in Wythenshawe, to highlight how much of an issue food poverty is and to serve the community through free events with food provided. The events aimed not only to feed people who were hungry, but also to thank those who are able to give to food banks.

Methodist churches alone fed over 200 people through events such as a BBQ and a slow cooker event to show how you can use food bank items to make your food go further, giving away 10 slow cookers as part of the day.

We had 50 banners printed with blank people on, and left them in schools, community centres, food support hubs and even the housing office. Once collected, we made a huge art wall in Wythenshawe.

Churches Together are meeting soon to see where God wants us to take this next. It’s looking like a winter project as the government funding for heating and warm hubs will not be here this year, so watch this space and pray for us!