The equivalent of 29.1 million meals has been delivered by The Felix Project in the year since the first UK lockdown, to help Londoners facing hunger.
The news comes as The Felix Project releases it’s 2020 Impact Report, which analyses the performance of the charity over the past year.
Justin Byam Shaw, Founder of The Felix Project, says: “The COVID epidemic has created a dramatic hunger crisis in the UK, not seen perhaps since the 1930s. We believe we have become the largest end-to end-food redistribution charity in Europe, just five years from our start.”
The Felix Project 2020 Impact Report reveals that, for every £1 donated, Felix supplies more than £10 of fresh food, which would otherwise have been wasted, to those in real need of it.
In 2020, The Felix Project delivered 8,600 tonnes of good food to 980 local charities and schools – completely for free. As a result, 260,000 Londoners were given food every week and 43,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases were stopped from polluting the planet in the form of wasted food.
To achieve this, over 2,000 volunteers gave their time to fight hunger and food waste. Over 500 businesses donated surplus food to The Felix Project, ranging from farms to supermarkets and more. Over 11,000 people gave money generously, to keep operations open, running and expanding.
In November 2020, The Felix Project took over the running of FareShare’s London operation in Deptford and joined the FareShare Food Network, unlocking even more food for people in need.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Evening Standard and Independent launched the Food For London Now/Help The Hungry appeals in aid of The Felix Project, making history by raising £11 million for Londoners in need of food. The legacy of these campaigns will last well into 2021 and beyond, with the launch of Felix’s Kitchen in the summer - a professional kitchen creating as many as 30,000 fresh, nutritious meals weekly that can be delivered to local communities. Felix’s Kitchen will sit next to the new East London depot, the largest Felix operation yet.
Mark Curtin, CEO of The Felix Project, says: “Our vision is a London where no-one goes hungry and good food is never wasted. The confidence that we have in achieving this vision is thanks to the strength we have from so many great people and organisations who are so generous with their commitment to The Felix Family. Together, I truly believe we can win the fight against food waste and hunger in London.”
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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.