Government U-turn on extension of Free School Meals over summer

We welcome the news, released earlier today by the Government, that the Free School Meal voucher scheme will be continued over summer 2020 for children and young people. Kitchen Social has been campaigning for all children from a low income background to be able to access nutritious food, safe community venues and enriching activities during

Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun

We’re excited to finally share the news that we have joined forces with Lambeth Council and Southwark Council to provide an extended programme of holiday food and activity this summer. Beginning on 22 July, the ‘Lambeth and Southwark’s Summer of Food and Fun’ programme will ensure that children and young people (aged 4-19 years), their

9,000 children’s books gifted to London families this summer

This summer, we are delighted to announce that children and young people supported by our Kitchen Social programme will receive one of 9,000 brand new books donated by HarperCollins and an exciting activity pack alongside their food parcel, thanks to our new partnership with the National Literacy Trust. From today, families with children and young

A special video message from Dame Helen Mirren

Award-winning actress Dame Helen Mirren has been a supporter of our work for many years. Having seen the devastating impact of the coronavirus on our society and the relief effort we have been providing to vulnerable families, Helen wanted to send a message giving her thanks to everyone who has donated to our emergency appeal

Dizzee Rascal visits his local Kitchen Social hub

World famous artist Dizzee Rascal made a surprise visit to Bygrove Primary School in Poplar today to volunteer and support food relief efforts for the local community. Dizzee spent the morning packing food parcels and serving meals to children and families. The parcels contained enough food to make five meals for a family of four,

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

Tackling food insecurity during Covid-19

Covid-19 has increased the number of children and young people in London at risk of ‘food insecurity’ – this means those who cannot guarantee sufficient quality or quantity of food. In 2019, the Greater London Authority estimated that 400,000 children aged 16 or under were in food insecurity. Of these, only 196,000 will qualify for

February newsletter

New report on social mobility in London Just 17% of London’s professional jobs are held by young people from low income backgrounds, compared to 30% nationally. Additionally, one in four young Londoners think that ‘people like me’ do not succeed in life. These are just some of the shocking findings from our brand new report,

Our new report on social mobility is launched at City Hall

New report shows that despite great progress in education, London remains stagnant on social mobility In partnership with leading global management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, today we launched ‘One City, Two Worlds’, a new report that shows London has a broken path to social mobility. Through a new review of multiple datasets and by conducting

The first-ever London Children’s Food Insecurity Summit

On Monday 13th January 2020, we held the first-ever London Children’s Food Insecurity Summit in partnership with the Food Foundation and the Greater London Authority. . The event put young Londoners at the forefront of food policy issues and explored the barriers and opportunities to protecting children’s nutrition and the actions stakeholders can take to

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