Hundreds of organisations with members totalling nearly six million have already signed up to support The Big Lunch – the latest ambitious idea from the Eden Project. And more are joining every day. The Big Lunch aims to get as many of the 61 million people in Britain to sit down in their own street with their neighbours and share lunch on Sunday, July 19.
This simple idea, has caught the imagination of organisations up and down the country. Eden Project Chief Executive, says:, “Imagine a summer’s day on which millions of us, throughout the UK, sit down to have lunch together with our neighbours: in the middle of our streets, around our tower blocks and on every patch of common ground. The food, entertainment, music and decorations we will have grown, cooked, or created ourselves. This will be a day to break bread with our neighbours, to put a smile on Britain’s face.”
Paul Twivy, CEO of The Big Lunch said:” We’re delighted with the support the idea has generated. Our web site is already jammed with pins showing where people are organising their own Big Lunches and they are just the ones we know about. With the support of groups such as The National Trust, Liftshare, Garden Organic, Royal Horticultural Society, National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, Church of England, Women’s Institute, Hindu Council, Sure Start Centres, Clubs for Young People, among many others, we are starting to hear wonderful stories about why people love the idea and what they are doing to celebrate with their neighbours.