We recently formed a partnership with A Plate for London to provide free hot meals to families in need over the Easter school holidays.
In total, there was 12,000 free hot meals handed out across nine locations in the borough to families with children in need. The partnership has also provided employment to 12 chefs who have been affected by the closure of restaurants during the coronavirus lockdown.
The school holidays can be a challenge for many families, even at the best of times. Most recently, these families have also had to manage the additional pressure of school closures, lockdown and even panic-buying of food that left supermarket shelves empty of essentials.
More and more families have also found that they need support with food as a result of coronavirus, with many now struggling to afford, or even find, food for their children.
This includes many children who may not normally be considered eligible for free school meals and whose parents have seen their income reduced as the economy stalls.
Laura-Jo, Co-Founder of A Plate for London, who organised the production and distribution of food, said: “It was great to see people from so many different cultures coming together through food, and it was fantastic to work with Tower Hamlets Council on our first large project. Providing 12,000 meals to families in need over the school holidays was a great feeling, and it was fantastic that we were able to turn the programme around so quickly. To see the first customer happy with the food followed by many more happy people who returned every day, made it all worthwhile.”
Visit this page for information on free school meals. If you need help with food, more generally, please contact us.
Posted on Wednesday 22nd April 2020