Save the date: Reading Town Meal 1st October 2016
Thanks to generous donations from people across Reading, the Town Meal community fundraising campaign reached its target of £3,000 by the deadline, including an anonymous contribution of £1,000.
Town Meal Steering Group chair, Sharon Fitton, said "It's brilliant to know that as well as all the crop donations and volunteer time, people are also willing to put their hands in their pockets in these difficult times to make sure this fabulous event happens. I'm sure that with these generous individual donations we can now bring in the rest of the money needed through grants, so the Town Meal will go ahead on 1 October".
What happens next?
Now we need to assemble all the ingredients, so if you can help with produce or time please Pledge your Veg or become a Town Meal Maker. We're also looking for community groups to have stalls and run activities: please fill in the form to apply.
What is Reading Town Meal?
Reading Town Meal is a truly community-powered event. First held in 2011, so far there have been three fantastic 'picnics in the park' celebrating the delicious fruit and veg that is grown in Reading. All the food is donated by the wonderful growers and allotment holders around Reading, cooked and served by Reading College, and last year more than 30 people gave their time as volunteers so that a three course meal was served free in Forbury Gardens. Over 1,000 people enjoyed the meal, which was accompanied by music from local bands, family fun activities, plus the chance to learn more about growing your own food, shop with local producers and find out what local community and sustainability groups are doing in Reading.
It's one of the events that makes Reading a special place. Take a look at last year's Reading Town Meal in the press: