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Govt funds for holiday hunger pilots welcome

27 Jul 2018

“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…

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Thousands raised for hungry young Londoners

26 Jun 2018

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…

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

08 Jan 2018

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…

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Youth Board helps evaluate Kitchen Social

05 Sep 2017

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…

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03 Aug 2017

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…

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Boot Camp Run raises over £7,000

17 Jul 2017

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…

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APPG on Hunger recommendations released

25 Apr 2017

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…

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Call for MPs to tackle ‘Holiday Hunger’

22 Mar 2017

A group of over 30 organisations, including national charities, businesses and academics, are calling on the UK administrations to commit to eliminating ‘Holiday Hunger’, where children from poorer families struggle to eat a nutritious diet during school holidays. The letter sent to the relevant Secretaries of State and Cabinet Secretaries congratulates the Welsh Government on…

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Flipping for Kitchen Social on Pancake Day

28 Feb 2017

Shrove Tuesday brings together new supporters for Kitchen Social with Borough Market, Better Bankside, Midnight Runners and Northern Trust backing our campaign to tackle holiday hunger and social isolation. With frying pans at the ready, an intrepid Kitchen Social Running Team ventured out of City Hall to take part in Bankside’s Pancake Day Race in…

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JB Gill and TJ Dobson launch Kitchen Social

16 Jan 2017

Kitchen Social is our new campaign to tackle the growing problem of holiday hunger amongst the capital’s poorest school children. The campaign launched with the support of farmer and ex JLS member, JB Gill and youth board member, and Junior Masterchef Finalist, TJ Dobson. Statistics suggest that as many as 500,000 London children struggle for…

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07 Sep 2016

Our new pilot aimed at highlighting and tackling the hidden problem of holiday provision amongst London’s most vulnerable had a visit from Fiona Twycross, the Londonwide Assembly Member and publisher of Zero Hunger City: Tackling Food Poverty in London. The London Summer pilot, which is one of only a handful conducted to date across the…

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London’s Biggest Breakfast Celebration

01 Sep 2014

The Mayor’s Fund for London and Magic 105.4 team up for the 2014 London’s Biggest Breakfast Celebration Date: 18th September, 2014, City Hall (6am to 10am) The Mayor’s Fund for London and Magic 105.4 will celebrate the culmination of the ‘2014 London’s Biggest Breakfast’ charity campaign – now in its second year – in a…

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Patsy Palmer goes back to school

22 May 2014

On Thursday 22nd May, the EastEnders Actress had breakfast with children from Laycock Primary School Breakfast Club in Islington to raise money us. One in three London primary school children regularly miss their breakfast, according to the Mayor’s Fund for London. The first meal of the day is essential for learning but many kids are…

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Feeding London’s hungry children

23 Apr 2014

London’s Biggest Breakfast, the campaign created by charity the Mayor’s Fund for London, launches on 24th April with a breakfast club at the Hilton London Tower Bridge. London’s Biggest Breakfast aims to raise awareness and much needed funds to support more breakfast clubs across London primary schools, ensuring children from the capital’s most deprived areas…

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Hunger in UK is getting worse

22 Oct 2013

The number of people relying on food banks to survive has tripled over the last year, according to figures released last week. The Trussell Trust, which runs 400 food banks across the UK, says it handed out supplies to more than 350,000 people between April and September this year. A third of those being helped…

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Hungry kids – in Britain, 2013

04 Sep 2013

A couple of hours ago Jackie Long, Social Affairs Editor at Channel 4 News, posted this excellent piece on the Channel 4 blog. It’s hard-hitting and well worth a few minutes of your time – especially as there are only a few days to go until London’s Biggest Breakfast, which we hope will publicise our…

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One-third of children in London are “going to bed hungry”, says new report

13 Aug 2013

Yesterday, the London Food Board –  an advisory group of independent food policy organisations and experts which oversees the implementation of The Mayor’s food strategy and leads the debate on sustainable food issues in the capital – and the pollsters Ipsos Mori issued a rather disturbing report which showed that a third of children in London have…

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