The Felix Project

'Good food for good causes'

2 million adults and children in London experience food insecurity. We rescue surplus food and deliver to over 350 charities and primary schools supporting vulnerable people across London – enough food for 6.5 million meals this year.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1168183)

Campaign target

£19,600

Amount raised

£6,290

Donations

40

Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • This is a brilliant way of getting food to families who need it as schools are often best placed to identify need and vulnerability... If food deliveries from Felix stopped, parents would be devastated... One parent was able to cook for five days from one collection. Families rely on the stall.

    — Quotes from teachers

  • I go without food sometimes so my daughter can eat. This morning she came to school without breakfast. On the way to school today she said she felt tired from walking and her legs were hurting. (Mum planned to add fresh leek, pepper and onion from the Felix stall to the family’s evening pasta meal.)

    — Parent of a child at one of the first schools to run a Felix market stall.

  • A mum told us she finds she can usually only afford unhealthy foods as these are cheaper, so she loves having the ability to supplement what she buys with fresh produce from The Felix Project. She makes soups, which she didn't make before, and banana pancakes.

    — Deputy headteacher, Oaklands Primary School

  • The Felix Project has helped so many of our families who would really struggle without the additional food. The vast array of fresh food means the whole family can eat a good, healthy meal. Thank you for all your hard work and for making a difference in people's lives.

    — Administrator, Edmonton County Primary School

Situation

Daily, more than 8 million people in the UK struggle to afford to eat whilst annually, our food industry wastes 100k tonnes of edible food. Charities and services provide food for children during the school day but families are often unable to provide fresh food at home. 70,000 children arrive daily in London schools without breakfast and research shows a hungry child loses one hour of learning time a day. A poor diet effects behaviour, concentration and mood and therefore academic achievement.

Solution

We aim to reduce food poverty by redistributing surplus food. Our Schools Programme, launched in 2018, provides ‘market stalls’ in London primary schools enabling families to regularly take healthy food home. Felix staff and volunteers work with teachers so they can promote the benefits of the programme throughout the school and to families. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and by December 2019 we will support 120 schools reaching around 50,000 children and their families.