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The Bread and Butter Thing is spreading

Press Release: 26/08/2021

RidgehillAN innovative project to bring low cost food to families in need is opening in even more areas of Tameside.
Acclaimed charity The Bread and Butter Thing (TBBT), working in partnership with Tameside Council and local voluntary organisations, has launched two new food hubs in Ridge Hill Big Local and Haughton Green Community Centre to add to its existing sites in Hattersley and the West End hub at St Peter’s Church, Ashton.
For just £7.50, TBBT members’ shopping bags are filled with approximately £35 worth of items made up of quality fresh food - including fruit and veg - as well as store cupboard staples, helping people’s tight budgets stretch further while giving them access to a variety of quality and healthy foods.

TBBT team works with food businesses, providing them a reliable service to redistribute surplus, edible food which would otherwise be wasted - helping reduce their environmental impact while increasing their positive impact in communities.

RidgehillThe charity also supports other vital local work, providing wrap-around support with experts in debt counselling, housing advice, mental health support and grant applications.

Tameside Council has commissioned the charity to run the Tameside food hubs using external DEFRA funding.
Executive Member responsible for public health Cllr Eleanor Wills said: “I’ve seen the difference this scheme is already making to Tameside families and individuals who are struggling, so I’m really pleased we can extend this support further to help even more people in need. Not only does it offer people on low incomes access to quality food at an affordable price, it also means that surplus food is being used and not wasted, so it’s a great result all round.

“The grant forms part of our wider work with Tameside Food Partnership to reduce food poverty and increase food resilience in the borough. I would like to thank all the volunteers who work with us on the project and who help to underpin its success – it’s a great example of cooperative working and the community coming together to support eachother.”

Mark Game, TBBT Chief Executive added: "I'm delighted that we can expand our services in Tameside to support more low income families who face the daily challenges of making ends meet. As the effects of COVID continue to bite, we know that more people than ever need access to affordable, quality food and we're proud to be working with Tameside Council to support communities that need it most. 

Ridgehill"Our members tell us that over 80% of them have previously had to skip meals to feed their families. By using TBBT, most save £25 a week on their food budgets with the added benefits of better quality and a bigger variety of food, and we save tonnes of surplus edible food from going to waste. It's a win/win solution for everyone. We're looking forward to working alongside our local partners in Tameside to serve its communities and help support low income families across the region."

The service is reliant on the dedication and enthusiasm of its volunteers, with over 300 people giving their time to the charity each week which won the Queen's Award to Voluntary Service last year. Anyone interested in volunteering - at the new hubs, the warehouse or as a driver - can find out more and get in touch through TBBT's website There are no joining criteria. People interested in using TBBT affordable food service need to register as members and should contact TBBT at or text. There is also a sign up form and more information at Contact Us — Bread and Butter Thing

New TBBT members are always welcome - either direct through their local hub or by  emailing For more information visit:
Photos: Executive Member Cllr Eleanor Wills with TBBT volunteers, including ward member Cllr Adrian Pearce, at Ridge Hill Big Local Hub.
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