Supporting mental health charities with food

Blue Monday, FareShare

21 January 2019

"Blue Monday" has arrived. Dubbed the gloomiest of days thanks to a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold weather, extended darkness and the expenses of Christmas catching up, the third Monday of January has now become known as the day to focus on our mental health.

“There’s more to food then what’s on the plate.”

At FareShare, we understand how important food and nutrition is to supporting mental health not just today, but every day. According to the mental health charity, Mind “evidence suggests that as well as affecting our physical health, what we eat may also affect the way we feel.”

FareShare supplies hundreds of charities and community groups supporting those with mental health conditions, with great quality, healthy food.

One of these charities, St Mungo’s Broadway, is a residential home for those who have previously been sleeping rough.  Many of the residents also have mental health conditions. Eloise, the cook at St Mungo’s said: “Food is so important at the centre. When they arrive here, most of our residents aren’t in the right state of mind to cook let alone shop for ingredients and plan their meals. The regular home cooked meals they receive here are absolutely vital not only in giving them a sense of routine but also helping them feel that someone cares.”

St Anne’s Community Centre in Brighton, which receives food from FareShare Sussex, supports those with mental health conditions, who are facing loneliness or are sleeping rough. “We serve 6-80 people for breakfast and lunch” says Mary, who manages the Centre. “Often our client’s self-esteem is non-existent, so we show them non-verbally that we care about them - there’s more to food then what’s on the plate.”

Find out how you can help us to continue supporting people’s health and wellbeing through good, nutritious food.