Felix’s Kitchen: cooking from surplus in East London

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The Evening Standard and Independent today revealed Felix’s Kitchen, a brand-new venture from The Felix Project to cook with surplus food and help more Londoners in need.

Felix’s Kitchen is unique because it will use surplus food to create delicious ready meals, changing menus day-by-day according to what comes through the door. In Tower Hamlets, where the kitchen is based, 55% of children live in poverty1 – more than double the UK and European averages.2

The kitchen is due to launch in July, just in time to deliver 1,000 meals a day for school children and families over the summer holidays, when holiday hunger reaches its peak. It will then scale up to at least 6,000 meals, making 1.5 million meals in a year. It will be staffed by a team of professional chefs supported by volunteers. Training programs will run to help people in the local area.

Mark Curtin, CEO of The Felix Project, says: “Over lockdown, when food poverty rates in London began to soar, we started working with restaurants and caterers – such as The Caring Foundation, With Compassion and Hilton Hotel group - to produce cooked meals and we discovered there was an urgent need among communities for well-balanced, pre-prepared meals. Felix's Kitchen will open the door to more surplus food and provide working opportunities for local people and help a huge range of struggling Londoners."

The kitchen could not have been made possible without the on-going support of The Evening Standard and Independent who, after a tremendous campaign to feed London throughout lockdown, have given a further £1 million pounds to launch the project, via the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund, which is managed by the London Community Foundation.

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About The Felix Project
The Felix Project is London's largest food redistribution charity. We rescue good food that cannot be sold and deliver it direct to charities and schools serving people in need. Our vision is a London where no one goes hungry and good food is never wasted. We are on a mission to deliver 38 million meals this year.

Sources

1 Trust for London: London's Poverty Profile Data, 2020
2 Eurostat, Children at risk of poverty or social exclusion, 2019