Bring people together with food
I hope you’re as excited as I am about taking part in Share A Meal... together you and your friends can make a difference for the most vulnerable children.
- Selasi, Great British Bake Off contestant and World Vision UK ambassador
WHAT IS SHARE A MEAL?
Share a Meal is a delicious opportunity for you to get together with others this autumn, to share good company, food and conversation – and to help vulnerable children at the same time.
HOW TO HOST SHARE A MEAL
Request your free Share A Meal pack, in it you’ll find everything you need to make hosting a party with your friends easy. It includes invitations you can personalise, an exclusive recipe from Great British Bake Off baker and World Vision Ambassador Selasi Gbormittah and thank you cards for your guests too.
And once you’ve got your pack simply pick a date, invite your friends – and let the fun of planning your Share A Meal begin.
Following the meal, gather together any cash contributions from your guests and post a cheque to us along with the donation form (included in your Share A Meal pack) so we can collect the gift aid. You'll find our postal address on the form.
Alternatively you can collect the cash and donate online »
WHY SHARE A MEAL? MEET BETTY & EVA
Mealtimes can be life-giving, comforting, sociable, even adventurous. But food can also be challenging, frustrating and unsatisfying – particularly if the meals you prepare to nourish your family just aren’t doing their job. A full belly doesn’t mean a healthy body.
Three-year-old Betty is small and quiet, with pale, thinning hair. She’s been suffering from malnutrition. Betty lives in a rural area of Uganda, with her parents and two sisters.Read more of Betty's story
Their home is surrounded by green hills and coffee crops, yet across Uganda one child in three is chronically malnourished. It’s not that Betty doesn’t eat. Families in the area tend to grow their own food - but always raise the same crops. So children, like Betty, aren’t getting the different nutrients their growing bodies need.
When you bring people together, when you Share a Meal together and make a donation together, you and your friends will be helping to give vulnerable children like Betty exactly what they need to grow up healthy and strong.
- £10 could train three volunteers to support new breastfeeding mums
- £32 could help a mum learn to prepare nutritious, healthy meals for her child
- £93 could train a new village health worker, to reach vulnerable new mums and babies in some of the most remote communities in Uganda.
Eva (16) fled from South Sudan to Uganda with her sisters Mary (12) and Leyla (five). They arrived frightened, hungry and exhausted.Read more of Eva's story
“I was on my way home from school when we heard gunshots. I was very frightened. We bumped into our neighbours who told us to turn around and run the other way.
“We walked towards Uganda for three days; I had to carry Leyla for most of it. We only ate once a day and we were very, very hungry. When we arrived at the border we were given biscuits. I was relieved but also very tired.”
We’ve been helping the girls to deal with their situation, and to stop hunger from threatening their lives.
“World Vision helped by getting us to the Child Friendly Space. It is safe to play there and have lessons. They also make sure we have our monthly rations, but it is hard to survive on them. Leyla often refuses to eat, as she doesn’t want the same thing all the time.”
Eva and her sisters aren’t alone. Over a million refugees have arrived in Uganda. They’ve left everything behind. For children like Eva and her sisters, food supplies are now vitally needed for their survival and recovery.
WIN AN EXCLUSIVE MEAL WITH SELASI
Love Great British Bake Off, but having Selasi withdrawal symptoms? We can help. The Share a Meal competition gives you the chance to get up close and personal with the coolest baker. (And we’re not biased just because he’s a World Vision UK ambassador!)
If you’re missing seeing Selasi on screen, enter our Share a Meal photo competition for your chance to win a meal for you and a friend cooked by Selasi – and help vulnerable children at the same time.
Take a picture of a Share a Meal event and post it on Instagram using the hashtag #ShareaMeal and tagging @worldvisionuk to enter.
Thank you for hosting a shared meal. You've helped vulnerable children like Betty and Eva. Please donate the funds you've raised here »
Not able to host or attend a Share a Meal event this year?
You can still help vulnerable children like Betty and Eva - make a donation today »