Harvesting the salad crop
Cooking the curry
Apple chopping on the Reading Food Growing Network stand
Donated vegetables

About Reading Town Meal

Background and aims

Reading Town Meal aims to celebrate and promote home grown and locally produced food. Food4families developed Reading Town Meal as part of its broader vision for a significant increase in the amount of food grown locally and more sustainably. This embraces a broad approach to sustainability, incorporating economic, health and well-being, community capacity and resilience, and carbon reduction aspects.


The Reading Town Meal is organised through a partnership group of key stakeholders whose intention is to make it a regular event. The Steering Group for 2013 comprised: Food4Families, Reading College, Reading Borough Council Culture & Sport Services, True Food Community Co-operative, Transition Town Reading and other volunteer members. In 2015, these were joined by Reading Food Growing Network and Reading Voluntary Action. Read more about this year's organisers.


Over the years, Reading Town Meal has been funded with generous support from Reading Borough Council, the Big Lottery Fund, Reading Climate Change Partnership, The Earley Charity and other sponsors, as well as donations from local people and companies. Read more about the sponsors who are making Reading Town Meal 2018 possible.

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