The Felix Project: Good Food For Good Causes - can you help?

on Friday, 26 July 2019. Posted in N21 Community

26.7p8          The Felix Project rescues good food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free

          to people in London who struggle to afford good food. This year, The Felix Project will deliver

          2,000 tonnes of food to charities and primary schools, which is enough food for almost five

          million meals.

 

         More than eight million people in the UK struggle to afford to eat every day, while our food 

         industry generates 100,000 tonnes of edible food waste each year.

 

         That's where The Felix Project comes in, collecting good, nutritious food that suppliers cannot sell.

         The food includes a high proportion of fresh fruit and vegetables, baked goods, salads, meat and

         fish.

 

The Felix Project delivers food to more than 280 London frontline charities and primary schools who provide support for nearly 100,000 people. These charities look after elderly, children and families, homeless, those suffering from mental health issues, youth and asylum seekers and refugees. The food given to primary schools is distributed to children and their families.

 

"For people who are down on their luck and at the lowest ebb of their lives, make no mistake, Felix is a godsend.

And not just for their stomachs, for their state of mind."

 

The Felix Project makes a weekly delivery of surplus food to primary schools which teach children from some of the most deprived families of London. At the end of the school day, a Felix 'market stall' is set up in the playground and pupils and their families are invited to fill a Felix bag with a healthy selection of food. The food supplied to schools during term time continues to reach as many children as possible during the holidays to tackle the problem of 'holiday hunger'.

 

"It's a really lovely way to reach out to those in need in the local community in a way that creates as little stigma as possible. One parent was able to cook for 5 days from one collection."

 

The wonderfully simple approach to redistributing good food for good causes is all done by volunteers. At the heart of The Felix Project is a team of 400 volunteers who collect and deliver food as drivers, driver assistants, cyclists, walkers, and warehouse assistants. Volunteers also help at events, in admin and in most areas of the organisation.

 

The Felix Project set up a depot in Enfield at the end of 2017. Today there are 50 suppliers who donate food to the Enfield depot, and this food is delivered to over 120 charities in the local area. Jo has been volunteering with The Felix Project in Enfield for 6 months. She got involved because she wanted to give back to her local community.

 

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"It's the best thing I've ever done. I've met so many different people, and we always have lots of fun! It's such a good workout, even better than going to the gym!"

 

There are lots of opportunities to get involved with The Felix Project, and they love hearing from people who want to help. If you can spare a few hours, volunteering is a great way to support your local community. You can register your interest at www.thefelixproject.org/volunteer and The Felix Project's volunteer coordinator, Holly will be in touch.

 

https://thefelixproject.org

 

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