As part of The Literacy Project, HarperCollins is to donate 10,000 books by authors including Michael Morpurgo, Ant Middleton and David Walliams to the Mayor’s Fund for London via its Kitchen Social programme to support families during the Covid-19 pandemic. The books will be received by 25-30 Kitchen Social hubs, currently serving over 1,700 young
Champions for Children is now live!
We are raising vital funds to help support children and families in London who are struggling to access nutritious, healthy food and social activities during the pandemic.
Every online donation you or your company makes during this week will be DOUBLED.
Last week, we learned that the Government is committed to funding Free School Meal vouchers for the summer holiday period only. Our research shows that a staggering 67% of eligible families have been unable to access them. In addition, there are over 200,000 children living in food insecure households who do not qualify and are therefore at risk of going hungry.
We can help to make a difference.
Our Kitchen Social programme is operating in some of London’s hardest hit communities. Since lockdown began, we have stepped up to provide 120,000 free, nutritious meals and 9,000 fun activity packs for children and young people from low-income backgrounds.
We have also adapted our employment and numeracy programmes to run fully online during the pandemic. The funds we raise from Champions for Children will also go towards helping us to continue to run our Count on Us, Access Aspiration and Creativity Works programmes in the next academic year.
With your support this week, we’ll be able to reach even more children and young people who may be slipping through the net.
Our Champions for Children campaign this year is supported by The Childhood Trust, and our friends at Waitrose Plc.
New Government HAF support package announced
The Government’s recent announcement outlining a significant funding package to help alleviate child food poverty in the UK is a very welcome step in the right direction. As one of the recipients of the Holiday Food and Activities grant this summer, we know just how much of a huge lifeline the extension of the scheme
London and New York youth connect in exciting virtual event
A commitment to supporting the ideas and creativity of young people is the driving force behind My City and Me – a project that gives young people a creative platform to share their experiences of the pandemic. On Wednesday, the project concluded with an exciting virtual event for our young people and like-minded young New