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ESI Media launches 'Help a hungry child' Christmas appeal

The Evening Standard and The Independent team up with The Felix Project for a Christmas appeal to address food poverty among children in London.

Launched on 28 November, the initiative aims to ensure that children in schools in deprived areas have access to sufficient food for a good meal — starting with Stanhope School in Greenford and moving onto 120 others. According to the Evening Standard, a recent academic study suggests that 70,000 children are going hungry in London.

The activity sees the Standard and The Independent team up with its flagship charity The Felix Project, which deals with food poverty by tackling food waste. The charity will bring food donated by wholesalers and supermarkets to schools and set up stalls where children can help themselves to food bags — providing enough for good, sustaining meals for them and their family.

Donations provided will go towards staffing all the food stalls for two years and financing the network of distribution vans and depots required — with the aim of reaching 50,000 children and their families. Every £1 donated will guarantee a primary school child and their family the food needed for a nutritious meal. Every £500 will allow a new school to enrol on the programme.

Hilary Croft, chief executive of The Felix Project, said: "It's the fact that food poverty is so avoidable in this country that is maddening. [This can be] solved by putting in place simple measures of redistribution — connecting surplus food with people who need it."

You can donate to the 'Help a hungry child' appeal here.

Source: Evening Standard 

by Lydia O'Neill 29/11/17

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