Food for London
Food for London is the new Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund campaign highlighting the disconnect between the prevalent food poverty that exists in London and the tonnes of surplus food that is thrown away or fed to animals.
OUR CAMPAIGN: FOOD FOR LONDON
What is the aim? To redistribute surplus fresh food to tackle food poverty.
What are we doing? We are backing the scale-up of our flagship charity - The Felix Project – which collects surplus produce from food suppliers and delivers it at no cost to a range of charities that provides meals or snacks for those in need, including the homeless, the elderly and those with mental health issues.
What is the Felix Project? Founded by Evening Standard chairman Justin Byam Shaw and his wife Jane in memory of their son Felix, this start-up operates two vans from a depot in Park Royal, west London. Currently they have two full-time employees, 21 volunteers, collect food from 12 suppliers - including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Booker, Makro, Daylesford and CostCo - and deliver to 23 charities.
The scale-up: They plan to roll out their operation across the capital. Funds raised will be used to buy more vans, open new depots, employ staff and recruit volunteers.
Funds raised: Over £800,000 so far from Citi, Sainsbury’s, Mark and Mo Constantine (co-founders of Lush), an anonymous hedge-funder, the Dispossessed Fund and The Felix Byam Shaw Foundation, which has agreed to match-fund money raised by our campaign for Felix with up to £750,000.
HOW CAN YOU HELP FELIX?
The Felix Project is looking for more:
1) Food Suppliers - including supermarkets, wholesalers and other food outlets to donate surplus food;
2) Charities – who provide meals/snacks for those in need and could benefit from a free, regular supply of fresh food;
3) Volunteers - to drive Felix vans, help with deliveries and collections, or in the warehouse.
Email Daisy@TheFelixProject.org indicating in the subject line if you can help as a food supplier, charity or volunteer.