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
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 our Kitchen Social programme, working with over 100 community organisations targeting some of the hardest to reach children during the school holidays.
Through Kitchen Social, we aim to feed a minimum of 50,000 children across all 33 London boroughs by 2020 as well as support the current statutory efforts to achieve the positive educational, social and health benefits that holiday food provision would bring all young Londoners.
By the end of the 2017/18 academic year, we will have engaged 123 hubs across 24 boroughs and, on average, served 17,400 meals to 2,780 children and young people.
Kitchen Social is also a feature of the Mayor of London’s Food Strategy, has a network of corporate support, and offers funding and training to London’s unique infrastructure of grassroots organisations. We will also be evidencing our impact as part of a 3-year evaluation partnership with Northumbria University.
We welcome the DfE’s £2 million fund announcement today and look forward to sharing our learnings and experience with DfE appointed pilot schemes.”
Statement by Kim Chaplain, Director of Charitable Portfolio, Mayor’s Fund for London
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