Case study: Met Munch – student led sustainable food network!

Met MUnch is a student-led group that captures an MMU zeitgeist for fun, ‘pop-up’ sustainable food events.  Its ‘celebrity chef’ auditions in December 2011 at Hollings Faculty recruited 25 media-aware nutritionists who have enthused audiences to change their behaviour by adopting healthy lifestyles using local and sustainable food. 

Since its launch, Met MUnch has developed its reputation with a series of ‘flash’ interventions and pop-up cafes.  From a ‘mile of Fairtrade chocolate’ at Holden Art Gallery, to a sustainable food stall at MMUnion that fed 200 students low-carbon, global dishes from a £20 budget, Met MUnch demonstrates what is possible when empowered students are supported by MMU’s many pools of staff expertise and talent. 
Within 2 months of their first project, Manchester Children’s Book Festival commissioned Met MUnch to provide sustainable catering at their annual children’s event. Following on from this, the group were invited to attend a local community event, Hulme Winter Festival where they set up a Met Munch nutrition clinic to provide advice to the community and a Met MUnch Kitchen, serving sustainable and local food, cooked by the students and served to the community- All indicating a ready market for sustainable food demonstrators and nutrition events across Manchester Metropolitan University and beyond. Met Munch has gone from strength to strength, there are now over 100 students involved this student network.