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Bring a Tin

If you’re keen to support local charities through your Big Lunch but don’t want to ask for money you could encourage your friends, neighbours and community to ‘Bring a Tin’ with them to your Big Lunch.  We’ve teamed up with The Trussell Trust to challenge Big Lunchers to help combat food poverty and food waste. 


How to get involved

Table of food with union jack flags

Before your Big Lunch

Find your local collection point through the The Trussell Trust or, perhaps you know of a local charity or organisation in need of donated food.

  • Include the idea on your posters and invites to neighbours and your community
  • Ask for volunteers who will deliver the items to the collection point – you may need to contact them to check which day / time will be most convenient for both parties
  • Let us know if you decide to run a Bring a Tin at your Big Lunch – we’d love to shout about it and encourage others to do it too.

At your Big Lunch


  • Designate a collection area where people can leave their tins on the day (do make sure this area won’t block access for emergency vehicles if you get lots and lots of donations!) This could be directly into a car boot to save loading later!
  • Take a photo of all your donations and donators and send it to us at, post on Facebook or Twitter

The Trussell Trust

The Trussell Trust Logo

Foodbanks giving emergency food to local people in crisis are springing up nationwide. Every foodbank launched by The Trussell Trust charity enables local people to tackle the hidden hunger that exists unnoticed on our doorsteps.

With 13 million people living below the poverty line in the UK, something as small as an unexpected bill can force families on the breadline to go without food. Foodbanks provide people struggling to make ends meet with a minimum of 3 days emergency food.

Every client who comes to a foodbank is referred by a frontline care professional such as a doctor or social worker. All food given out is donated by people like you – members of the public, schools, churches and businesses.

Find your nearest foodbank

Tackling Food Waste

Other organisations work to tackle food waste, a few are listed below and you might find others in our list of Supporting Organisations

Love Food Hate Waste - The Love Food Hate Waste campaign aims to raise awareness of the need to reduce food waste. The campaign shows that by doing some easy practical everyday things in the home we can all waste less food, which will ultimately benefit our purses and the environment too.  

FoodCycle –FoodCycle combine volunteers, surplus food and free kitchen space to create nutritious meals for people affected by food poverty in the UK.

London Food - London Food works across the whole range of London’s food system promoting and developing work that meets the aims of the London Food Strategy – Healthy & Sustainable Food for London.

The People’s Kitchen – based in Newcastle, The People’s Kitchen provides cooked meals from donated food for those experiencing hardship.


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