For the months of January and February we are partnering with The Felix Project. For this month all our London based restaurants will be adding a discretionary £1 on the bill in order to help raise funds for all the vital work this charity does. Here at D&D London we have worked with the Felix Project for several years and couldn’t be more excited about partnering with them once again.
So that we could learn more about The Felix Project Alieen Thomson kindly answered a few questions about what they do, who they help and what your contribution will go towards.
What are the main goals of your organisation and who are the people you help?
Every day in London, as many as 1.5 million adults struggle to afford to eat, and 400,000 children are at risk of missing their next meal. Meanwhile, our food industry generates millions of tonnes of good, nutritious surplus food every year. The Felix Project is a food redistribution charity which tackles food poverty and food waste in London. Our vision is a London where no one goes hungry and good food is never wasted. We rescue food that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. This food is in-date, safe and nutritious, and includes a high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as baked goods, meat and fish. We check, sort and deliver this food to charities that cook meals and prepare food parcels for the homeless, refugees, parents struggling to feed their families, and those who are vulnerable and isolated. We also deliver food to primary schools who use it for holiday clubs and play schemes for children and their families.
How has COVID impacted the charity, and have you felt an increase in need for your organisations help?
In January 2020, The Felix Project was preparing for a fourth successive year of growth and careful consolidation. It took us a few weeks to realise what the consequences of the lockdown would be for our community organisations and the people they serve. Hundreds of thousands of people furloughed, made redundant or unable to work. Elderly, isolated and vulnerable people unable to shop for food or cook for themselves, and children unexpectedly at home and without access to free school meals. In response, we tripled our operations in the first three months of the pandemic and distributed enough food in 2020 for over 21 million meals to nearly 1000 community organisations. At the end of 2021, we have not seen this growth slowing. We still have a waiting list of charities who want to receive food from us, and many of the organisations we already work with have requested larger deliveries, particularly in the run up to Christmas 2021 when fuel and food prices meant that more people than ever needed support.
How long has the Felix project been redistributing food to those in need for?
We made our first delivery of food on 1st March 2016 and haven’t looked back!
What can customers expect their £1 on the bill to go towards?
A donation of £1 allows us to rescue and deliver enough food to produce six meals. Your customers will be allowing The Felix Project to support organisations in London who provide vital services to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. These organisations use food to build solidarity, to combat isolation, and to get people who need help through their doors. Without deliveries from us, these organisations would need to spend their often-stretched resources on buying food and not on the services they deliver – housing support, job advice, drug and alcohol rehabilitation services – and many would simply not be able to function.
How many meals are you able to distribute every week on average?
On average, we deliver enough food for 100,000 meals every week.
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