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Charity initiative treats community groups to food-filled hampers

Published: Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Authentic Food Company Hamper Campaign

Community groups are set to serve around 2000 free delicious meals to residents across the city this week.

Working with the We Love MCR Charity, The Authentic Food Co – which supplies ready meals to supermarket and restaurant chains in the UK and Europe – has donated over 240 food hampers filled with delicious treats, ready to be presented to 30 Manchester-based community groups.

The hampers are being delivered to destinations all around the city on Tuesday 24 April and Wednesday 25 April by ENGIE, who pledged to support the initiative by making the deliveries free of charge.

Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor June Hitchen, said: “I would like to thank both The Authentic Food Co and ENGIE for their generosity and continued support for the We Love MCR Charity. Initiatives like this show what the charity is all about - we’re a Manchester charity working to improve the lives of Manchester people.

“I’d urge people to do what they can by donating their time or money to help this worthy cause. Remember, every penny raised stays here in Manchester, helping to support young people and communities throughout the city.”

The hearty hampers donated by The Authentic Food Co include a range of world cuisines developed by their in-house specialist chefs. The meals will be served-up to a number of community groups, food banks, refuges, hostels and drop-in centres across the city.

Nik Basran, Managing Director of The Authentic Food Co, said: “As a leading Manchester business with international roots we pride ourselves on the work we do in the community. We have a long history of supporting local and national charities and so we were keen to do everything we could for the We Love MCR Charity, a truly worthy cause.”

ENGIE who specialise in community regeneration projects across the UK, were quick to offer their support in distributing the hampers to communities around Manchester.

Jeff Hook, Construction Director for ENGIE said: “We do considerable work in and around Manchester, which aims to improve the lives and living conditions of local residents; so this project and the passion of We Love MCR really stood for us.  It’s a true group effort and we wanted to support the Authentic Food Co’s generosity, by utilising our resources to make these important deliveries far and wide.”