There are 8.4 Million people in the UK who are struggling to afford to eat and 4.7 million of these people live in severely food insecure homes. This means that children are eating insufficient food or regularly experiencing hunger, in many cases this is negatively impacting behaviour and physical and mental performance. And all of this is happening whilst 1.9 million tonnes of good food are thrown away in the UK.
The Felix Project collect surplus from supermarkets, wholesalers and even gluts and wonky veg from farms. The food is delivered free of charge to around 200 charities, holiday clubs and schools. Amazingly, the work is done by a team of just 13 staff and relies on nearly 400 incredible volunteers, who rescue and redistribute over 20 tonnes of food a week for 45,000 meals for vulnerable people in London.
There is a growing Felix Project presence in North London where the Enfield depot supplies fresh nutritious food to charities in the Boroughs of Enfield, Barnet, Camden, Islington, Haringey, Waltham Forest, Hackney & Tower Hamlets. Charities include homelessness projects, criminal justice, the elderly, hostels, and soup kitchens.
The Felix Project are providing free weekly deliveries of healthy produce to primary schools and holiday clubs in disadvantaged areas. They are also working with The London Mayor’s fund who aim to improve the diet of children and their knowledge of food and nutrition. This is an area that they plan to grow in the coming months.
The Felix Project is totally dependent upon new suppliers, donations, volunteers, charities, and schools all of which are vital to provide a food redistribution service that is completely free of charge.
There are a wide variety of volunteering roles and if you fancy bringing a smile to someone’s face then follow this link: http://thefelixproject.org/help-us/volunteer.
Every £1 raised enables Felix to deliver £4 of food you can make a donation via this link: https://www.justgiving.com/felix-project.
Alternatively, if you are a company and wish to help with supplies, corporate volunteering or funding then contact [email protected]