As you all know, we are on a mission to provide one million meals to people in need in the local area. Every single day, monetary contributions are put into our MADL (Making a Difference Locally) fund for every local product, Co-op or Heritage product, and carrier bag purchased. Also, not forgetting all of the money that goes into our change pots at the till point! This then allows us to be able to work and donate to these fantastic causes.
We have spent a lot of time researching and contacting various local community groups that specialise in helping local people who are sadly in a level of poverty. We soon came across Feeding Bristol which is a charity who deal with many different local food groups, and they kindly helped us on our way by providing us with a list of local groups within the area.
One that particularly stuck out to us was The MAZI Project. They are a group of people who are on a mission to tackle food poverty for the disadvantaged 16-25 year olds of Bristol. They provide them with weekly meal boxes by providing recipe cards and all the ingredients to make these recipes. So not only are MAZI helping feed hungry mouths, but they are teaching young people to better their cooking skills along the way, which really attracted us to the group even more.
Every week MAZI deliver meal boxes, these meal boxes include:
Three recipes: these will be chosen by each recipient from a selection of personally curated recipes generously donated by local chefs, MAZI partners, refugees and various influential people in the city
Ingredients: Everything required for the selected recipe will be pre-prepared and in the correct quantities (excluding the fresh ingredients, which they will provide whole – so they can be reused!)
Sweet and savoury: surprise treats from local delis/bakeries every fortnight to introduce new flavours and provide that tasty comfort that’s sometimes needed!
MAZI Welcome Pack: Recipe cards and a welcome pack explaining what they do and thanking the recipients who take part in the project
“From care leavers, youth recovering from homelessness and young asylum seekers, MAZI supports 16 – 25 year olds living in supported accommodation. Many of the young people we work with have struggled with instability and feeling excluded. Coming from war-torn countries, unstable living situations and the care system, independent living can feel isolating. For many, the food they eat is predetermined by their background. This is what we want to change.
We want to use the power of food to include young people who have faced hardship in Bristol’s conversation. We want to provide them with the opportunity to access Bristol’s amazing flavours, independent restaurants and have the choice to experience sustainable and tasty food the way they choose to. “
The MAZI Project
We’re proud to have worked with this wonderful group of volunteers by providing the funding for 117 meals as well as donating one of Chef Ryan’s recipes for their recipe catalogue for future use. This takes us to a total of 2,938 meals provided – all thanks to these amazing community groups that we are so grateful to work with as well as our amazing customers
For more information on the MAZI group, head over to: