Mayor's Fund for London

Kitchen Social Holiday Provision

Help tackle food insecurity learning loss, and social isolation among children and young people by supporting Kitchen Social – which works with local community organisations to provide free healthy meals and a safe place to socialise, learn and make new friends during the school holidays.

Donations open 12:00 PM, 3 December 2019 to 12:00 PM, 10 December 2019

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1124833)

Campaign target

£100,000

Amount raised

£100,010

Donations

110

Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • “At the club, our food is always creative, healthy & delicious! Before lunch, we always set up the tables, bring cutlery and cups and serve the food ourselves. We do puzzles and activities and after dessert, we always award three children who have shown good behaviour."

    — Young person

  • “The programme definitely impacted on me financially as I couldn't afford childcare over the holidays. My eldest son would've had to help me which would have impacted on his GCSE studies. He is now free and able to attend booster classes instead of baby-sitting."

    — Parent

  • “I feel that the project has created a positive impact within the local community. The result of this was fewer young people on the streets or left alone at home.”

    — Youth worker

Situation

400,000 children, under the age of 16, struggle to afford or access food. This issue is exacerbated during school holidays when free school meal provision is not available. Dring this time, hunger and social isolation are a reality for many young Londoners. Teachers report malnourished children returning to school after the holidays having fallen behind compared to their peers. any young people will never claw back this learning and health disadvantage to fulfil their potential

Solution

We have worked on developing mechanisms to reduce food vulnerability for children for many years and our programme KITCHEN SOCIAL gives children a safe place to go during the holidays where they can socialise and get a free healthy meal. It’s about much more than just food. The programme has a vital role to play in protecting young people from low-income backgrounds from learning loss and other negative impacts of holiday food insecurity.