Introducing our ‘Take & Make’ recipe box initiative

As London’s largest holiday provision provider, we know that food insecurity affects young people in complex and detrimental ways. We also know that young people are not always able to take advantage of holiday provision. In response to the unique demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, Kitchen Social created ‘Take & Make’ – an innovative way

Over 149,000 meals delivered through our summer programme

Food insecurity and social isolation has become a reality for even more families in London due to the devastating economic impact of COVID-19. Our Summer of Food and Fun holiday provision programme, delivered in partnership with Lambeth and Southwark Councils and funded by the Department for Education, aimed to tackle these issues head on. Through

Announcing our competition winners!

To celebrate Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun coming to an end we launched a competition for young people to show us the fun activities they got up to over the summer. We had some amazing entries, but there could only be three winners! One of our winners was Prince, who sent in

Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun

We’re excited to finally share the news that we have joined forces with Lambeth and Southwark Councils to provide an extended programme of holiday food and activity this summer. Beginning on 22 July, the ‘Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun’ programme will ensure that children and young people (aged 4-19 years), their families

The first-ever London Children’s Food Insecurity Summit

On Monday 13th January 2020, we held the first-ever London Children’s Food Insecurity Summit in partnership with the Food Foundation and the Greater London Authority. . The event put young Londoners at the forefront of food policy issues and explored the barriers and opportunities to protecting children’s nutrition and the actions stakeholders can take to support the agenda.

Govt funds for holiday hunger pilots welcome

“Ensuring that children have a healthy, active and positive start to life is of critical importance to the well-being of everyone in our city and we know that grassroots community organisations play a significant role in this area. We’ve seen what happens at the front-line when people go hungry, and have learned a lot through

Thousands raised for hungry young Londoners

We teamed up with The Childhood Trust and BGC Partners this month to take part in a public-facing campaign called The Summer Give to help raise funds for Kitchen Social. The campaign ran from Monday 11 June – Monday 18 June and during this week, all donations made to participating charities were doubled. We’re delighted

Over a 100 years later, it’s now time to end holiday hunger

Holiday hunger has been around for over a 100 years but we can end it this month. The original law introducing school meals to Britain was passed in 1907 – it allowed schools to provide food, but did not force them to do so. That legal obligation did not come until 1944. What’s more, officials

Youth Board helps evaluate Kitchen Social

Members of our Youth Board visited Kitchen Social holiday provision clubs over the summer to support with vital programme research and evaluation. Kitchen Social aims to tackle holiday hunger by supporting local community organisations to develop a food and social development offer for children over the school holidays. AJ, Erica, TJ, Jhemar and Georgina, all


34 community hubs across 16 London boroughs are delivering holiday food provision this summer10,000 free meals will be provided to over 1,600 children as part of the Mayor’s Fund for London Kitchen Social programme Hubs in Bexley, Brent, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Havering, Hillingdon, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Southwark

Boot Camp Run raises over £7,000

On 30 June the GLA Running Club and the Midnight Runners hosted the inaugural Mayor’s Fund 10k Boot-Camp Run, sponsored by the LaLiT London. Runners raised more than £7,000 in support of ‘Kitchen Social’ which aims to tackle young Londoners’ growing social isolation and hunger outside of term time. Thank you to all those who took

APPG on Hunger recommendations released

Statement by Matthew Patten, Chief Executive, Mayor’s Fund for London “We welcome today’s report from the APPG on Hunger and support its recommendations for government action. Today’s report clearly explains how just £41.5m of the Sugary Drinks Levy (i.e. existing funding) could have a massive impact on solving this problem across the country, bringing together