Jack Monroe - Our Newest Patron!
We’re thrilled to announce that award-winning food blogger Jack Monroe has joined The Food Chain as a patron.
Jack rose to prominence by sharing her experience of how to get by on the £10 per week she could afford to spend on food for herself and her young son. Making inventive use of the best-value supermarket goods she could find, Jack wrote up her recipes on her online blog, A Girl Called Jack. She also shared her feelings about what a struggle it is to survive on a low income, a plight that faces 95% of Food Chain service users.
Jack is an active anti-poverty campaigner and successful author. Her second book, A Year in 120 Recipes is published today (23 October).
On becoming our newest patron, Jack said:
“I’m pleased and proud to be joining The Food Chain community as a patron. This charity is all about providing food, practical skills, nutrition knowledge and personal support for people living with HIV at times when they need it most and just cannot afford to buy even basic groceries. Access to food is so important for people to get well and stay well. I’m excited that my own knowledge and skills will help support this invaluable work”.
We were delighted to introduce Jack to The Food Chain and to our Acorn House kitchen in July 2014, at our Summer Social fundraiser. She will also be joining us for our exciting autumn fundraiser, The Food Chain at The Foundling (6 November) and is offering a superb auction prize alongside fellow patron Allegra McEvedy. Tickets for our biggest fundraising event of the year are priced at £70 (+ optional £30 donation) and still available to purchase via the online platform Pure Charity.
Jack has won a host of awards in recognition of her contributions to the world of food. Earlier this year, she was announced as the ‘Woman of the Year’ Enterprise Award winner and also in October she received the Observer Food Monthly Award for ‘Best Food Blog’ as well as the Marie Claire ‘Woman at the Top’ award.
She writes a weekly recipe column for The Guardian, and is a regular on the Sky News sofa, Channel 4 and BBC Radio, commenting on food, politics and current affairs.
Welcome to The Food Chain, Jack!