The Felix Project has supplied food for 20 holiday provision services across London this summer.
The charity, which collects good quality food from suppliers and delivers it to charities that provide meals to vulnerable people, has been working with the Mayor’s Fund for London Kitchen Social programme to provide healthy meals to children at risk of hunger in the holidays.
During the holidays, The Felix Project switched from delivering food to primary schools to weekly deliveries to holiday clubs. As a result, around two tonnes of wonky veg and other fresh or cupboard food that suppliers cannot sell was used for about 5,000 meals for young people.
Volunteers helping The Felix Project have included staff from the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, who have spent the summer volunteering with London charities following the hotel’s fire in June.
Damien Conrad, depot coordinator at The Felix Project, said: “One of our volunteer van drivers is an Executive Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. We got chatting about the volunteering work Mandarin Oriental staff were also involved with at Kitchen Social hubs and realised it was an opportunity to be involved in the entire chain of food rescue, from collecting surplus food through to cooking a meal and seeing children enjoy eating it.”
John Barber, executive chef at Bar Boulud in the Madarin Oriental Hotel, added: “We had lots of wonderful food in the warehouse which was perfect for a red lentil pasta dish followed by fluffy coconut pancakes with fresh raspberries and strawberries. The lentil pasta gave protein as well as energy, the vegetables in the pasta sauce counted as two portions of the recommended 5-a-day, and the pudding as one portion. Perfect for 60 hungry youngsters!”