How you can give to help end food poverty

Give directly to support activity which alleviates holiday hunger

DONATE to support the fight to end holiday hunger in Greater Manchester Greater Manchester is stepping up support for children and young people who need access to good quality food during the school holiday periods. Despite an extension to the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Covid Local Support Grant until 30 September 2021 and the provision of Holiday Activities and Food Programme Funding, information received from the 10 Greater Manchester local authorities has identified a £5 million funding gap in food provision for children and young people.

In Greater Manchester there has been a rise in the number of children and young people who are eligible for free school meals. Data from the January 2021 school census indicates that over 120,000 school pupils across Greater Manchester schools were eligible for free school meals. This is approximately 26% of all pupils.

There are also a significant number of children and families who are not entitled to free school meals but are suffering from financial hardship. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a series of contributing factors where people are in a more vulnerable position but may not be eligible for additional support. This includes increased unemployment and deprivation and the insecurity that the end of furlough of the lifting of the eviction ban brings.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority has set up a funding platform in collaboration with Forever Manchester to support the No Child Should Go Hungry initiative to alleviate holiday hunger. This will allow the residents of Greater Manchester to donate to help people who may be in a vulnerable position.

To cover the cost of administration and support their work in local communities across Greater Manchester, Forever Manchester will receive 8% of all donations received.

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The actions of our network, and the taskforce groups that sit within it, only happen with support from people across Greater Manchester wanting to end food insecurity. Our membership below includes individuals working in Health, Education, Local Authorities, Private Sector, VCSFE Sector, Food Manufacturers and many more. Join our members from so many organisations that are part of the GM FSAN by contacting

Charlie Day - Charity and Community Partnership Manager, Lidl GB

Charlotte Pearson - Trafford Team Together, Trafford Council

Chris Bennett - Head of Commercial and Marketing, Fair For You Enterprise CIC

Chris Essex-Crosby - Community Engagement Lead, Wigan Council

Dave Bagley - CEO, Urban Outreach Bolton

Dave Kelly - Head of Reform, GMCA

David Ottiwell - Principal of Reform Research, GMCA

Dawn Acton - Partnership Officer, Action Together Tameside

Dean Khaled - Managing Director, Kickstart

Donna Higgins - Place Based Integration Worker, Trafford Council

Dr Dave Beck - Lecturer in Social Policy, The University of Salford

Dr Kaushik Chakraborty - GM Interfaith and Community Leaders Group

Elaine Morgan - Principal Strategy Reform, GMCA

Elena Vacca - Food Project & Your Local Pantry Coordinator, Stockport Homes Group

Francesca Vale - Public Health Nutritionist, Bury Council

Freya Lightfoot - Campaigns Organiser, Equal Start Network

Gaynor Eastham - Lead Officer of Public Health, Wigan Council

Gemma Foxcroft - Co-Director, Cracking Good Food CIC

Hazel Sedgwick - Family Support Worker, Home Start Trafford, Salford and Wigan

Jane Emery - Area Manager Cheshire & Shropshire, The Trussell Trust

Jane Partington - Partnerships Director, The Bread and Butter Thing

Joanna Hill - Area Manager GM, The Trussell Trust

Julie Dunning - GM Faith and Belief Advisory Panel

Katy Sneyd - Project Manager of the Deal for Communities Team, Wigan Council

Katya Pursall - Strategic Lead, 10GM

Keely Dalfen - Commercial and Finance Director, The Brick Wigan

Lesley Lancelot - Relationship Manager, Our Manchester Food Partnership MCC

Lily Axworthy - CEO, Greater Together Manchester

Mags Bradbury - Head of Social Responsibility & Civic Engagement, The University of Manchester

May Coffey - Project and Policy Officer Reform, GMCA

Michelle Aherne - Project Officer of Children’s Services, GMCA

Michelle McHale - Trustee, Bridging the Gap Manchester MSCF

Michelle McLaughlin - Student Engagement and Student Voice Lead, The Trafford College Group

Miriam Loxham - School Readiness Project Manager, GMCA

Nadine Travers - Co-Founder and Project Development Lead, ST4ND Youth & Community Org Stockport

Phil Rimmer - Head of HR Practice Management, Slater and Heelis

Qaisra Shahraz MBE - Executive Director, MACFESTUK

Rachel Howley - Director, Citizens Advice GM

Rachel Turnbull - HOST Rough Sleeper Outreach Worker, Trafford

Rich Jones - Operations Manager, Action Together

Reverend Ian Rutherford - Chair of the GM FSAN & City Centre Minister, Methodist Central Hall Manchester

Sally Devine - Community Development Officer, Healthy Me Healthy Communities

Sharon Keogh - Family Information Service Outreach Officer, Trafford Council

Sue McAuliffe - Public Health Specialist Midwife, Manchester Foundation Trust

Tom Togher - Chair, Salford Food Share and Chief Officer for Salford Citizens Advice

Victoria Hamlett - Population Health Programme Officer, Tameside Council