Local chefs and volunteers unite to launch ‘Eat Well MCR’ fundraiser and feed those in need


A group of hospitality heroes is launching a fundraiser to keep feeding key workers and vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eat Well MCR – which is formed of chefs, hospitality leaders and volunteers – has been providing more than 1,800 meals per week to the sick, homeless and poor in Greater Manchester whilst also supplying frontline workers.

Led by Mary-Ellen McTague of The Creameries and Cloudwater Brewery, the huge hospitality collective has pooled their resources to deliver produce to those that need it most – but now they need your help.

An urgent fundraiser is being launched this week as Eat Well MCR aim to get the finance needed to keep their essential services going.

Just £1 can provide a warm nutritious meal – and donations can be made online at the click of a button.

A special auction and prize draw is also being planned for June – with DJs Clint Boon and Hattie Pearson hosting. Prizes and performances will be announced on Eat Well MCR’s social media channels over the coming weeks.

Mary-Ellen said: “Feeding people is the best way of showing people that you care- that you wish to support them. Faced with an empty restaurant kitchen, and a load of donations of fresh food that had no other place to go, the obvious thing to do was to cook the food and take it to those who needed it.

“After a shout out on Twitter and Instagram for food donations, and help with cooking, the offers flooded in and we haven’t stopped since. I’m so proud of our city and our industry.

“I’ve been seeing the absolute best in people since we started this thing, and it’s a great privilege to be able to do what we’re doing.

“Food inequality isn’t new, and it isn’t going away any time soon, but we feel like we’ve now found a way to be part of the solution to a very unfair problem.”

Head over to the Eat Well MCR Twitter page to learn more about the amazing work this hospitality collective are doing and how you can donate.



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