Our unique 'Quids In' food club, run by volunteers, is aimed at the many households in south Manchester struggling to feed their families each week.

‘Quids In’ offers members a variety of food worth at least £15 for just a £3 weekly membership fee – a sum that helps to pay food charity Fareshare and other club costs.

Unlike food banks, Quids In is an ongoing membership club offering fresh and chilled items that can be difficult to find and expensive to buy locally.

Who is eligible?

We are currently unable to accept non-Southway tenants to our Quids In food clubs due to the limited food supplies we’re receiving. Any Southway tenant that claims at least some Housing Benefit or Universal Credit is eligible to apply. Please be aware that there is sometimes a waiting list for clubs.

Where are the clubs?

We now have 5 clubs across Chorlton, Merseybank, Burnage West, Burnage East and Old Moat: 

Chorlton: Thursdays 10.30am - 1pm at Brookfield House (white building in Chorlton Park, Nell Lane entrance), Nell Lane, Chorlton, M21 7UD

Merseybank: Fridays 12pm - 3pm at the Pop Up Shop on Merseybank Shopping Parade, 42 Merseybank Avenue, Chorlton, M21 7NN

Burnage East: Wednesdays 10.30am – 1pm at N-Gage Youth Centre, 345 Burnage Lane, Burnage, M19 1EN

Burnage West: Wednesdays 10am - 1.30pm at Westcroft Community Centre, Westcroft Road, Burnage, M20 6EF

Old Moat: Fridays 12.30pm - 2.30pm at Old Moat Children’s Centre, Old Moat Lane, Old Moat (Withington) M20 1DE

What do we ask of members?

We ask members to attend every week if possible, as we need to know how many to expect so that food doesn’t get wasted. 

How do I join?

You can apply by emailing quidsin@southwayhousing.co.uk with proof of your Housing Benefit/Universal Credit claim, or call 0161 448 4200 to speak with Maureen Ward. Please keep in mind that some clubs have waiting lists.

Support Quids In when you shop at the Co-op

Merseybank Quids In Food Club is part of the Co-op Local Community Fund. This means that you can help to raise money for the club as you shop at the Co-op. The money raised will be used to offer extra food and activity packs during school holidays.

If you are a Co-op member, please select Merseybank Quids In as your local cause by clicking here or search for cause number 75146. 

If you’d like to support the clubs, you can become a Co-op member online or ask in your local store.

In the news

Our Old Moat Quids In club was visited by ITV Granada Reports for an article about its work, its staff, volunteers and members. You can read the article here.

Hear some of our Quids In volunteers talking about how and why they got involved in helping people in their local community in our tenants and volunteer video.

Read more Quids In news here.

Our supporters

This brilliant scheme would not be possible without additional help, so we'd like to send our thanks to the following funders who supported the Quids In Food Clubs in 2021-2022;

  • Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund
  • Manchester Relief in Need
  • Manchester Guardian Society
  • Coop Local Community Fund
  • One GM Community Fund
  • National Lottery Local Connections Fund
  • Arnold Clark Community Fund

We are also very grateful for the donations of money and food we have received from individuals and independent businesses in our neighbourhoods. We and our members really appreciate your generosity.

Find out more

Find out about supporting Quids In in our Quids In Business Opportunity for Community Investment