Enfield-based charity is supplying surplus food to groups across London, writes Sam Kagwi
Around four million adults in the UK live in a ‘low’ or ‘very low’ food secure household, according to the Food Standards Agency, while the Food Foundation says four million children live in households that struggle to afford to buy enough healthy food.
In our capital city, research shows at least 70,000 children go to school hungry each morning. Young mothers skip meals to feed their families, elderly people are malnourished, and those with a mental illness are often ignored.
Yet many tonnes of fresh food are thrown away every day. The Felix Project in Enfield has set out to change this, because we believe that no-one should have to miss a meal. The Felix Project collects fresh, nutritious food that cannot be sold and delivers this surplus food to charities, so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in our society.
From our warehouse off Lincoln Road, vans go out daily to collect surplus food from supermarkets and food wholesalers and deliver it to over 70 charities across north and east London, as well as 32 schools in Enfield, each week. Our charity recipients include homeless shelters, foodbanks, youth clubs, older people’s societies, addiction support groups, and environmental campaigns.
We currently deliver about ten tonnes of free food per week from our Enfield depot – enough for over one million meals per annum. Our plans are to grow the operation significantly in 2019 and in order to do this we need more surplus food and more volunteers.
There’s a variety of volunteering roles available and these range from driving our Felix vans, helping in our warehouse, and helping at events. Shifts are very flexible; volunteers can come for a couple of hours per month or more regularly. We foster a friendly atmosphere, meaning that volunteers make many new friends. The roles are active so volunteers can boost their daily ‘step count’ and improve their strength as well as being part of an organisation that provides good food for good causes.