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
Introducing Digital Digest
New research by the Food Foundation has shown that during the Coronavirus crisis, more than 200,000 children are skipping meals because families don’t have enough food during the lockdown.
In 2019, the Greater London Authority estimated that 400,000 children in London aged 16 or under were living in food insecurity. Of these, only 196,000 qualify for the government food voucher scheme during the pandemic, meaning at least 200,000 may go hungry. This figure is likely to be higher due to rising unemployment and loss of self-employment income.
We feel that during this crisis it’s important to bring all of the issues and opinions surrounding food insecurity into the spotlight. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming to launch ‘Digital Digest’ – a series of blogs and free webinars bringing together leaders from across the food industry to discuss ways in which we can tackle food insecurity and champion children’s right to food.
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