The Akshaya Patra Foundation

End Holiday Hunger in London children – Nourish to Flourish

To serve up to 100,000 freshly cooked hot, nutritious meals to children in London who are at risk of going to bed hungry during the holidays. With this project we hope to reduce hunger, malnutrition, obesity and food wastage in the city and enable children to enjoy their childhoods without worrying about food.

history Campaign has now closed

Donations open 11:00 AM, 23 June 2020 to 5:00 PM, 3 July 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1117756)

Campaign target

£100,000

Amount raised

£100,175

Donations

246

Championed by The Childhood Trust

  • ''The kids loved your noodles, the cheesy pasta went down really well. And the paneer curry.. they came for second helpings!'' (Summer 2019)

    — Jeanette Boniface, KAPS Holiday Club, Croydon

  • ''When kids come here from homes, they have either not eaten or eaten much. They get here and get them these hot meals from TAPF. The nutrition is massive rather than food from stores. They are doing a good job now.. You see trends, the way children react .. and come back asking for more food.''

    — Thomas Scanell, Simply Kids Holiday Clubs

  • ''Your example of using advanced technologies in central kitchens, is an imaginative approach that has the potential to serve as a model for other countries.''

    — Barack Obama, Former President of the USA

  • Children came to the club with high sugar food which impacted how they behaved all day. Partnering with TAPF has made sure all our children are well-fed with hot healthy meals every day. Has made a massive difference to our children and parents who don't need to worry about food for their children.

    — Ishmail, Coach, Burgess Sports Club

Situation

Of the over 3 million children who are at risk of food insecurity in the UK, only 1.3 million children will benefit from Free School Meal vouchers announced recently by the government. Over 1.7 million children from low-income families are still at a serious risk of hunger and malnutrition, especially in times of the COVID 19 pandemic where incomes have reduced further and debts are mounting for a lot of families. Malnutrition among children causes damage to their over-all development and ability to cope at schools, besides increasing the social inequality amongst the children.

Solution

The Nourish to Flourish project by TAPF UK serves hot, freshly prepared vegetarian meals to children in food poverty. Using efficient kitchen technology, we are able to feed a hot healthy holiday lunch to a child for a donation of just £1, without compromising on nutrition or hygiene. We’ve been chosen by the BBC as the Global Food Champion of 2019. Having served over 10,000 hot meals during the holidays of 2019 successfully, we are now ready to scale up the service and reach even more children in the upcoming holidays.