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
Govt funds for holiday hunger 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
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