Share a meal and be part of The Longest Table this Christmas

Published: Tuesday November 1, 2022

The Longest Table logoThings are increasingly difficult for people. We know that awesome things happen when we eat together. Joining in with The Longest Table is a great way people can do something practical and hopeful to show kindness and love to each other and our neighbours.

Can you host a meal in your worshipping community this December? Together, all the meals shared will create the ‘Longest Table’, building connections and communities, and raising money so that even more people are fed.

The Long Table, a Stroud-based social enterprise championing Food Equality, is offering free packs to help individuals, churches, schools and communities host Christmas feasts, providing delicious, home-cooked meals to local people and families. The Longest Table is set to be the biggest project the enterprise has run to date.

The simple aim of this initiative is to bring people together over a meal, reaching out to those who are lonely or feeling isolated. The Longest Table Christmas feasts make it possible for people to participate in events that build togetherness and hopefulness. Food is paid for on a pay-as-you-can donation basis – so that everyone can join in.

Tom Herbert, who co-founded The Long Table in Brimscombe Mill in February 2018, says, “With the Longest Table, we want to see as many people as possible eating together. Whether that’s at home, a school or at a church, we’ve created a pack that will make it easier to put together a warm and inviting meal.”

The Longest Table pack includes invitation templates and recipes to cover any size event, whether that’s a big event at a church hall or local community centre, or friends in the worshipping community getting together at someone’s home.

Tom adds, “With the ongoing cost-of-living crisis, community is more important than ever. Money raised through people hosting the events in their communities can be donated to The Long Table, which we will use to help feed people in Stroud.”

The event runs from 9 to 18 December and you can sign up for The Longest Table pack until 2 December.

If your worshipping community would like to run a community meal in your church or community building this Christmas, register your interest and get your resource pack, visit The Longest Table — The Long Table (

Also download a summary brochure here

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