With 2.3 million children going to bed hungry in the UK in the past month, Marcus Rashford and Tom Kerridge have stepped up their Full Time Meals campaign this Christmas.
Marcus set Tom the challenge of creating a Christmas Dinner meal for up to six people for just £10 following Marcus’ childhood memories of visiting the local food bank on Christmas morning.
Tom has come back with a festive Full Time Meals Christmas Dinner recipe which includes a tasty Turkey Roll with Stuffing and Tray Bake Veggies and a Boxing Day Potato and Carrot Hash with Fried Eggs using any leftovers.
These two recipes will mean a family of up to six can enjoy a suitably festive Christmas dinner and a big Boxing Day meal for less than a tenner. The two tasty meals come in at less than £10 if you use your Healthy Start voucher. The Healthy Start scheme has seen an increase in uptake from 47% of eligible people in September 2020 to 60% a year later due in part to the Full Time Meals campaign, and the work of the Child Food Poverty Taskforce.
Christmas Dinner can be a daunting prospect, which is why Tom and Marcus have made it super simple; no need for lots of pots and pans, and a cook-along video which is now live at https://www.instagram.com/fulltimemeals/channel/ to explain step by step exactly what you need to do. All ingredient costs can be found on https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/as of 24/11/2021.
Christmas is meant to be a time of warmth, good food, and laughter. For families facing food poverty this winter, the reality couldn’t be more different. Across the UK, thousands of families are already reaching breaking point. With the sharp rise in energy and food prices, parents are being forced to choose between keeping their children warm or putting food on the table.
It is a shocking fact that families with children are almost twice as likely to be facing hunger this winter (Food Foundation 2021), which is why The Full Time Meals campaign is supporting FareShare, the UK’s largest charity network tackling food poverty and reducing food waste in the UK, by urging people to donate £10, the cost of this family Christmas meal, to fight hunger.
Support gets vital food supplies to families with nowhere else to turn. You can donate via www.fareshare.org.uk/fulltime or text-to-donate.
Simply text 5FULL to 70580 to donate £5, 10FULL to 70580 to donate £10, or 20FULL to 70580 to donate £20. Texts will cost the donation amount plus one standard network rate.
FULL TIME hopes to help give children and families the skills and confidence to cook good, proper food in their own kitchens, using the equipment available to them. It’s creative, fun and engaging, offering families valuable time in the kitchen and being able to enjoy a tasty meal together.