Free My Meal - "A Community Focused Organisation"
Created during the global pandemic in August 2020 by former single mum Hayley Steere, Free My Meal aims to connect those who need a meal with those who are willing to cook one.
Louis Tomlinson - "What an incredible thing to do"
Nigella Lawson - "This is a great initiative"
Kathy Burke - "The kindness in people will always shine through"
Jay McGuiness - "Wonderful"
Antony Cotton - "Be more Hayley"
It's a simple and easy exchange, based on trust and goodwill. Using social media, people sign up to private Free My Meal groups as a 'recipient' or a 'cook', or in some cases, both. Free My Meal does not provide meals, it simply forms connections enabling people to find one.
The service is suitable for anyone who finds themselves in need of a meal and not having the means to buy the food to make one. Anyone can join with no fear of judgement or discrimination.
The idea was born whilst making a batch of Chilli for her family, Hayley says "/ began thinking about how things may have been different had I still been a single parent family and struggling to survive, during the current climate. I wouldn't have used a food bank or community fridge owing to pride and my own feelings of shame." Hayley acknowledges that these resources however, are invaluable to communities and hopes that Free My Meal can be utilised in conjunction with these exceptional organisations. Hayley says, "We work closely with other community resources constantly".
The Free My Meal service has proved invaluable for its users and within 6 weeks there are now 43 groups with over 10'000 members with group and member numbers continuing to grow daily. Once a new geographic area is identified as having a need for a Free My Meal group, Hayley and the team create one and welcome community members to help grow that group to reach cooks and recipients. Hayley says, "No one knows their community better than someone living within it, the support from these wonderful volunteers has proved invaluable."
The initiative has been supported by many celebrities and high profile people such as;
Press so far;
Channel 5 News
BBC Radio Surrey
BBC Radio Sussex
Greatest Hits Radio
Website - www.freemymeal.co.uk
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
lnstagram - @freemymeal
Twitter - @FreeMyMeal
Public Facebbok Page - www.facebook.com/FreeMyMealUK
Private Facebook Group (where meals are offered) - www.facebook.com/groups/freemymeal/
Link to ITV news interview - Click here
Meal Map - Click Here
Donations - paypal.me/freemymeal