FELIX PROJECT – EMPTY PLATE EMERGENCY APPEAL
The Felix Project is a London-based food redistribution charity set up in 2016 to rescue and redistribute surplus and potentially wasted food to those most in need throughout London. They rescue surplus food from the food industry that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. This is high-quality and nutritious, including a high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, salads, meat and fish. They collect or receive food from over 539 suppliers, including supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, restaurants and delis.
From the kitchen in East London they make delicious meals from this surplus food and deliver them for free via their Poplar, Deptford and Enfield depots..
“The Felix Project believes in a vision of London where no-one goes hungry and good food is never wasted. And together, we believe we can win the fight against food waste and hunger in London.”
The Felix Project currently supports over 1,000 charities and just over 160 schools, but the need is growing, every day more groups are asking for supplies. That is why they have launched The Empty Plate Emergency Appeal. It aims to fill millions of empty plates this winter.
Their recent survey reveals the shocking impact of rising bills on hungry families showing that almost 1 in 10 respondents surveyed (9%) have just £2.85 a day to spend on breakfast, lunch and dinner.
London’s largest food redistribution surveyed people living in the capital with an annual salary of under £20k and asked how much money they have left for food per week. Results also found:
- 12% have between £20 and 29.99 a week to spend on food – less than half the average household’s weekly food shop – just over £4.28 a day.
- Four percent of respondents had £10 at most to spend on food, which is just over £1.40 per day.
- Concerningly, two percent had nothing left at all to spend on food
Justin Byam-Shaw, Founder of The Felix Project, says; “Londoners who can’t afford to buy food, simply can’t wait for another new Government to act. The Felix Project stands ready to ramp up our support for struggling Londoners now and that’s why we are launching our Empty Plate Emergency Appeal today. We need more money, just £5 will deliver 22 meals to those in real need.”
The Jansen Foundation are pleased to be able to contribute to this appeal to assist in ensuring fewer families are going hungry at this particularly difficult time of the year.
The Felix Project is a London-based, UK-registered Charity with No. 1168183