The Eden Project started The Big Lunch in the belief that we, as a society, are better equipped to tackle the challenges that we face when we face them together.
Since the event began in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all kinds of communities and 8.5 million people took part last year making 2012 our biggest year yet!
The Big Lunch is based on a belief that the world can be a better place through people working together, with nature, optimism and common sense.
Take a look at the video below for some examples of the good things that came out of The Big Lunch in 2009.
When doors open up, people open up and neighbourhoods – from tiny hamlets to huge council estates – open up.
Many of us in the UK lead lonely lives, and The Big Lunch can be a great excuse to get out and meet the people who we share a street, road, estate or block of flats with.
The stats don’t make easy reading but if we want to turn them around, we need to see them:
You might think a street party is the last thing you’d do to tackle crime, domestic violence, homelessness or children in poverty. But, it really can be the start of facing up to tough issues, as many who took part in The Big Lunch last year know.