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
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 local authorities and existing voluntary provision.
Holiday hunger among children is a hidden blight on modern-day Britain. Recent research suggests up to 500,000 children in London go hungry during the school holidays, with as many as 3million at risk nationwide. The knock-on effects of poor diet and social isolation have a serious impact on these children’s educational performance and attainment. It is not morally sustainable for the government to feed hungry children living in poverty during term-time, but leave them to fend for themselves during the holidays, returning to school at even greater disadvantage.
The report salutes the work of volunteers and charities in addressing this issue and recommends that the government draws on the Mayor’s Fund’s work with Kitchen Social to design a national programme. Kitchen Social brings together a wide range of charities, local authorities, policy makers and businesses in a campaign to help local community groups provide healthy meals and positive activities for hungry children from disadvantaged backgrounds during the school holidays. Over the next 3 years, Kitchen Social aims to help 330 local community groups across London feed 50,000 children in a programme easily scalable to a national level.”
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