Despite the wealth of our city, child poverty is a real, and growing problem. In East London:
Since the COVID pandemic, The Felix Project has grown from delivering 6.4 million meals a year to 21.1 million meals for those most in need - and we're still only scratching the surface of what needs to be done.
Help us deliver an astounding 75 million meals for families in desperate need in East London.
Our brand new operation in Poplar, East London, lies at the heart of London's food crisis - nestled between the grand buildings of Canary Wharf and London's largest housing estate, we are best placed to get good food out into the community. But we can't do it alone.
A partnership with Morgan Stanley would fund our ambitious new depot for 5 years, allowing us to reach maximum capacity - even during times of unprecedented logistical challenges, which include Brexit, national haulier shortages and COVID.
With your help, we will rescue and distribute 75 million meals to hundreds of charities and schools in the local area, and help feed children and families who need it most.
“ Lockdown was a hard time for me. I'm a single parent and it was difficult to receive benefits and manage everything. To get food from Felix...it helped us survive. The Felix Project is doing a great job - it's helped me and I'm sure it's helped a lot of other families who live on low income. ”
Paul Jackson, the Headteacher of Manorfield Primary in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets was “shocked by the number of families who were in desperate need of food and basic provisions” at the start of the first lockdown.
“We use Felix food in our school dinners, in our cooking lessons, in food packages to parents. It is important to us that the food doesn’t go to landfill and is put to good use.”
"A parent recently told me the food we give them has ‘saved them’. I’m not sure there is much more to say than that. A huge thank you to Felix on behalf of our whole school community."
“ Felix deliveries have made a huge difference, not just for the young people, but for everyone. We get lots of fresh stuff - fruits and veg, bread, meat, yogurt, milk, and tinned stuff. Actually, I’m trying to think what we don’t get! ”, Founder , RISE 365
RISE 365 is a charity in Hackney focused on supporting youth on the Kingsmead Estate. During the pandemic, the tables turned when young people realised that many on their estate were going hungry. The teens took action, setting up a Community Food Store with food from Felix and creating packages that local residents can collect or have delivered.
As well as feeding their estate, the teenagers of RISE 365 are challenging dangerous stereotypes about black youths, and particularly male black youths. As RISE founder, Joyclen, says: "This is about love and connection and community. It's more than food. The way food is given changes what it means for someone."
I’m Sam and I joined The Felix Project as a volunteer 3 years ago. Now, I am the Depot Assistant Manager in East London.
90% of roles at our charity are volunteer-based, which means we wouldn't be able to get good food to those who need it, without our amazing volunteers!
Whether you want to sort surplus in our warehouse, or deliver food to charities & schools in a bright green Felix van – we’ve got a volunteer role for you. So why not give it a try? I can guarantee you'll laugh at some point during your shift!
We can offer you brilliant ways to support our cause. All of our fundraisers receive bespoke support from our community and corporate teams. You can get involved in:
Dan, a recent fundraiser from Knight Frank recently climbed Mont-Blanc in support of Felix. For Dan, "it's hard to put into words" what The Felix Project means to him. He says, "I'm incredibly proud to have been able to raise £10,000 for such an inspiring charity."
This is what The Felix Project provides to families and children in need for £30.
Our food is donated surplus from farms, supermarkets, restaurants and delis. It includes a high proportion of veggies, fruit, fish, meat and dairy, as well as healthy pre-cooked meals.
For every £1 donated to Felix, we are able to supply more than £10 of fresh food, which would otherwise have been wasted, to those in real need of it.
Founded in 2016, The Felix Project was set up to tackle two growing issues; the 3 million tonnes of good, edible surplus food wasted each year from the food industry and the 1.5 million adults and 400,000 children in London who struggle to afford healthy, nutritious meals every day.
“ There’s no reason for children to be starving or going hungry with the amount of surplus food that’s out there. ”, Children with Voices in Hackney