Mayor’s Fund For London
Mayor’s Fund For London Kitchen Social Project, UK
Through their Kitchen Social programme, The Mayor’s Fund For London offer packed lunches, hot meals and educational activity packs for collection or delivery, to families across London.
The Greater London Authority’s Survey of Londoners report (2019), found 400,000 children aged 16 or under living in food insecurity. Of these, 196,000 were eligible for free school meals or the government food vouchers whilst schools were closed, leaving around 204,000 children in food insecurity without access to free food. This figure is now likely to be a significant underestimate given the rise in unemployment and loss of self-employment income, evidenced by the three million new Universal Credit applications across the UK.
During lockdown, the Mayor’s Fund For London partnered with 29 ‘hubs’ (community groups, youth clubs and primary schools), delivering the Kitchen Social programme across 24 London boroughs, which served 120,000 meals to 36,000 children by the end of the school term (22 July).
Hubs cost £4 per child per day to run, including all staff, preparation and delivery costs. Over the summer holidays further hubs were sponsored to continue delivering the kitchen social programme to those who needed it.