This Sunday (June 3) sees the return of The Big Lunch, and it is planned to be even bigger than last year, when more than 350,000 people in Wales (12% of the population) attended or organised an event.
The Big Lunch is a simple idea that aims to help people to get to know their neighbours, connect communities and banish loneliness by sharing food. The ‘big’ is a reference to the number of people taking part at the same time, while ‘lunch’ is more of a suggestion than a rule. The Big Lunch is about getting together to share food and make friends but it is about More Than A Meal.
Lowri Jenkins, Wales co-ordinator for The Big Lunch, said: “A Big Lunch can be anything from a small gathering in someone’s garden, driveway or the local park, to a larger party with trestle tables down the middle of your street. If the official Big Lunch date isn’t practical for your community, then you can run one at any time you fancy.
“The idea is that by starting simple, all sorts of friendships, ideas and projects can come out of a Big Lunch. It gets people together and talking — and with a few inspired folk, it can lead to people doing great things within their community, and tackling the issues that matter to them most.
“Organising a Big Lunch need not be overly complicated, nor require a lot of resources or money: it can be as big or as small as you like.”
To find out more visit www.thebiglunch.com or search @edencommwales
The Big Lunch is an idea from Eden Project Communities, made possible by the National Lottery.