Feed your community this Christmas

Published: October 19, 2020

Following on from our Feeding the 5,000 project, providing nutritious meals for those in need at the beginning of lockdown, we are once again partnering with The Long Table to offer Christmas meals and gift bags for people who need a bit of extra love this Christmas. It could be grandparents who now have to spend Christmas on their own, people in the community who you know are vulnerable, parents with a new born baby, or just a lovely Christmas offering of a meal, a gift from your church. One church in Stroud has got on board to provide meals to their congregation as they won’t be able to join together for their usual Christmas meal.

As a worshipping community, you are invited to get involved and sponsor Christmas meals for  £5 per person. Each meal will come with a Christmas gift bag, which you can personalise, to help spread the  festive spirit across your community.

It’s really simple! The Long Table cook a delicious Christmas meal and provide them frozen for you to deliver, or you can store in a freezer to deliver at a time suitable for you. The freezers can also be made available, you just need to plug it in! You identify who in the community would benefit from the meals and ask some willing volunteers to deliver them and help make lovely gift bags with mince pies, a Christmas card, carols etc.

The word ‘Christmas’ and idea, with everything you have on your plate right now, might want to make you not read on, but please do! We are not looking to add to your load. We know that Christmas will look different for all of us this year and this offering is a way of reaching out to our communities, all done at a local level with your local stamp on it. Many of you will already have Christmas plans, but this idea is so simple, it could be something you join in with as part of spreading hope and joy over what could be a really difficult time for many people.

There are only 1,800 packs available  on a first-come-first-served basis. The meals suggested in the menu will feed one hungry adult or two hungry children. Any leftovers can be reheated for another meal if one portion is too much for someone.

For more information please contact Lucy Taylor on  

The final cut-off for orders is Friday 13 November – so get those local conversations happening and sign up.

Christmas Order Form (PDF)

Christmas Order Form (Word)

 

See the Christmas menu here, with meat, vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options.

Christmas Dinner – with meat 425g

  1. A juicy piece of chicken baked in our Christmas spice rub [lemon zest, clove, star anise, cinnamon, bay, nutmeg, sage, golden caster, clementine]
  2. Sticky roast carrots and sprouts
  3. Roast potatoes
  4. Hearty bread sauce, made with sourdough
  5. Pig in blanket, butchers sausage rolled and cooked in smoked bacon
  6. Pickled red cabbage
  7. Gravy

 

Christmas Dinner – veggie 425g

  1. Thick slice of Christmas roast
  2. Sticky roast carrots and sprouts
  3. Roast potatoes
  4. Hearty bread sauce, made with sourdough
  5. Wedge of squash baked in Christmas spice rub
  6. Pickled red cabbage
  7. Gravy

 

Christmas Dinner – Vegan and Gluten Free 425g

  1. Thick slice of Christmas roast
  2. Sticky roast carrots and sprouts
  3. Extra helping of roast potatoes
  4. Wedge of squash baked in Christmas spice rub
  5. Pickled red cabbage
  6. Generous portion of GF gravy

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