Jack Monroe has sent more than 6,000 copies of her latest book, Tin Can Cook, to food banks this week after organising a crowdfunding campaign that raised more than £30,000.
Her latest book, Tin Can Cook (Bluebird), is released today (30th May), featuring 75 recipes which use tinned or dried ingredients. The cook and campaigner was inspired by her own experience of using food banks when thinking up the dishes.
Now she has sent copies of the book and cans to food banks across the Trussell Trust network after setting up a GoFundMe page. As of this morning, the page had just passed its £30,000 target, meaning more than 6,000 books will be sent out.
Publisher Bluebird has also distributed 50,000 recipe cards featuring the book’s dishes and will aim to put donation points for the charity at every event on Monroe’s tour schedule and at its own reception.
Newham Books is also helping to supply the books to the food banks for less than their RRP, while Heinz has donated 10,000 cans.
Monroe said: “Fundraising for these books and tin cans to foodbanks is about giving people hope, dignity, and decent meals in the most dire of situations. To give people choices, and agency, and good food, and resources.
“The response and generosity to this initiative has been overwhelming and I want to thank the hundreds of people who have supported me in delivering this to the people who need it most. Working with The Trussell Trust ensures that these books will make a real difference and we really hope that this activity once again highlights an issue we all need to be paying attention to.”