Diocese of Manchester

    Providing 1800 free lunches every day!

    An army of volunteers in Bolton is working hard to provide free packed lunches for children who might otherwise go hungry over the holidays.

    Mobilised by Christian charity Urban Outreach, hundreds of volunteers have been up at the crack of dawn preparing 1800 sandwiches a day and filling bags with a snack, a drink and a piece of fruit. The lunches are for children and young people who would normally receive a free school meal.

    Churches play an important part in the massive project by providing some of the work force. Church buildings also act as collection centres in Bolton, Horwich, Deane and Blackrod.

    Sam Bagley, Project Coordinator for Bolton Lunches which is now in its fifth year, said, “Children can come and collect their lunches and then have a bit of fun together as friends. I really enjoy this project, it’s great to be part of the community here, to be able to transform some people’s lives throughout the summer holidays. I’m privileged to be a part of it and passionate about sharing this Good News that we have!”

    Sam’s father, Dave Bagley, who set up Urban Outreach, was inspired by the Biblical story of the feeding of the 5000. When people were complaining that there was nothing to eat, Jesus said to James “You give them something to eat.” Dave explains, “We took the step of faith to feed any child that needed it. Money came in and it’s grown from there. We are supported by 300 volunteers, businesses, the council and churches. It’s incredible!”

The Church of England Diocese of Manchester,
Church House,
90 Deansgate,
Manchester M3 2GH

Manchester DBF Company number 149999, Charity number 249424
Telephone: 0161 828 1400