The Felix Project does not provide food to individuals, but there are many organisations who do. If you are an individual in need of food, please use any of the following resources and organisations who may be able to help you access financial as well as other support.
The Mayor of London is ensuring all primary school children who attend state schools in London will receive free school meals for the full academic year, starting this September. The Mayor knows families are really struggling with the cost-of-living crisis right now and has taken the decision to provide funding to expand on the Government’s free school meals offer. The funding the Mayor is providing will help up to 270,000 primary school children in London access free school meals and could save families upwards of £440 across the year.
Families wanting to find out more should use the online families hub to find more information.
Cost of Living Hub – Mayor of London
London Plus – Cost of Living
Support from your local council
Depending on where you live there will be support offered by your local council. Using a google search will help you to locate the right page on the Council’s website. We suggest something like “I need help with food from ‘name of council’ council”
Help through Hardship
Call: 0808 208 2138
Open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, closed on public holidays
It is a free confidential helpline manned by trained Citizens Advice Advisors. They can help address your crises and provide support to maximise your income, help you navigate the benefits system, and identify any additional grants you could be entitled to. If needed, they’ll issue you with a voucher so you can get an emergency food parcel from your local food bank.
The Trussell Trust operate the largest network of foodbanks across the UK.
Independent Food Aid Network
Their 'Worrying About Money?' cash first referral leaflets are co-designed as straightforward resources for people facing financial crisis, and anyone supporting them, to quickly see available advice and cash first support options and which local agencies are best placed to help.
The Greater London ‘Worrying About Money’ leaflets will provide details of where you can find support in your borough.
IFAN are the UK network for independent food aid providers. They support and connect a range of independent frontline food aid organisations across London and the rest of the UK.
Please search for local IFAN food aid organisations visit their website for more information.
Healthy Start scheme provides funds to support pregnant women or those with children aged under 4.
Free School Meals are available in England and Scotland to all children in the first 3 years of primary school regardless of family income. For older children eligibility for free school meals is dependent on family income.
Children’s Holiday Activities and Food Programme (HAF) aims to offer fun and food for children and young people in the holidays. Each London council is supporting schemes across the school holidays.
Kitchen Social is run by the Mayor’s Fund for London working with local grassroots community organisations across London to create a familiar environment where children, young people, their families and carers can attend during the school holidays.
4in10 London’s Child Poverty Network
The directory lists organisations challenging and changing the impact of poverty on London’s children and their families. It is a free directory and aims to be an up-to-date go-to place for anyone in London seeking support, and for organisations needing help.
End Child Food Poverty
The End Child Food Poverty website, spearheaded by Marcus Rashford’s End Child Food Poverty Taskforce, has a range of resources to help direct you to where you can get support if you are looking after children.
The British Red Cross
Call: 0808 196 3651
Open daily from 10am to 6pm. The service is free, and completely confidential.
The British Red Cross has a free support line as well as links to other resources. Information is on their website about the helpline and support they can offer people who are feeling lonely or worried, or finding it hard to cope during these uncertain times. Red Cross volunteers from the psychosocial and mental health team are on-hand to provide both practical and emotional support, and connect people with additional support in their local area.
Olio Food Sharing App
OLIO is a free app allowing neighbours to offer perfectly good, unwanted food to each other. Everything shared on OLIO is for free. Visit their website for more information and to download the app.
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