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Evening Standard: ‘Let’s end hunger in our city now!’

The news brand’s proprietor Evgeny Lebedev announces the opening of a social kitchen that will cook 1.5m meals a year.

At the end of last year, it was announced that the ‘Food for London Now’ appeal had raised a staggering £10m.

In an effort to continue fighting hunger in the city, Lebedev announced in a letter on the front page of yesterday’s paper, the launch of the largest social kitchen in central London.

The scheme will cook and distribute an incredible 1.5m meals a year to those who need it.

Broken down, this will equate to 6,000 meals a day, which will then be delivered to locations across the capital through Deliveroo and long-term partner The Felix Project.

To fund the scheme, the Evening Standard’s Dispossessed Fund have given £1m.

Commenting on the launch, Lebedev said: “One of the lessons we should take from this crisis is the value of collective action and community spirt. This kitchen will be an essential weapon in our battle to end food poverty for good in London. Together, let’s get it done.”

The news brand launched its hunger appeal last year due to the detrimental impact of the pandemic. According to The Food Foundation, one in eight children in London have experienced food insecurity over the past months.


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