Action Against Hunger Nepal earthquake

Food companies and restaurants unite for Nepal

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal last weekend, we have received incredible support from a huge network of restaurants, chefs and food companies.

By Caroline Dyer

May 2 2015

Over 220 restaurants around the UK have come together to independently fundraise for our Nepal earthquake appeal, the majority of which were rallied through social media alone. 

This incredible movement within the food industry was largely initiated by our wonderful restaurant supporter Sticky Walnut, based in Chester. Having decided they would hold a fundraising night on 5th of May to support our response, they tweeted to ask if any other restaurants wanted to get involved. Just 48 hours later over 220 restaurants had signed up to help, with numbers increasing by the hour. The campaign, coined ‘Restaurants Unite For Nepal’ #RestaurantsUniteForNepal is nationwide and is an incredible example of the positive impact of social media in times of crisis.

In the next month restaurants from around the UK are fundraising in a huge variety of ways including; 

  • In Bristol, Romy Gill (Romy’s Kitchen) has teamed up with Mat Follas (Masterchef winner and head chef Casterbridge) and ITV’s Dean Edwards to put on a gastronomic fundraising night with South West Chefs Russell Brown (Michelin Starred Sienna), Sam Moody (Michelin starred chef, The Bath Priory), Brett Sutton (The White Post), Adrian Kirikmaa (Bristol City College) Daniella Coombs (Bishopston Supperclub) and Cabrito Goat Company.on 17th May. Tickets are priced at £60, get yours now
  • 185 of Fuller’s Pubs around the whole of the UK will be collecting donations at the bar.
  • MEATLiquor (London and Bristol), Cinnamon Kitchen (London), Parkers Arms (Lancashire), Fazenda (Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds) are all adding a donation to their customers food bills. 
  • In Wales the Dining Room in Gwynedd will be asking for donations instead of tips and entering diners who donate into a raffle to win dinner for 2 at a later date.
  • Sticky Walnut in Chester is hosting a fundraising night on 5th May, and will be donating all their takings.
  • The Red Lion pub in Barnes, London will host a BBQ fundraiser and quiz on 8th May. 

“This week we have been overwhelmed by the food industry’s show of support for Action Against Hunger’s response to the Nepal earthquake,” said Matthew White, Director of Fundraising & Communications at Action Against Hunger."
 
“The restaurant community is passionate and incredibly generous, and time and time again come together to support our work. This time it started as a simple call for support on Twitter. Then, as the devastation caused by the earthquake in Nepal became clearer, it quickly escalated into over 200 chefs and restaurants committing to raise money over the coming weeks. And more and more continue to join our work."
 
"We are so grateful to the food community, it’s because of support like this Action Against Hunger can commit to reaching tens of thousands of people in Nepal who urgently need food and water, thank you.” 

Other fundraising initiatives from food related companies include Whole Foods Market who are collecting donations at their till points in all stores across the UK. Foodies Festival Brighton are asking visitors buying tickets on their page to add a £1 or £13 donation to their ticket price. The Hospital Caterers Association have appealed to all hospital staff canteens in the UK to get involved too. 


Find out more 

If you have any questions about #RestaurantsUniteForNepal, please don't hesitate to get in touch with Caroline Dyer or on Twitter @cazdyer_acf.

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