Raising funds to feed vulnerable children from black communities in East London
We are partnering with ‘A-plate-for-London’ to help tackle the food poverty crisis across London. Five million people in households with children have struggled to put food on the table each day during the coronavirus crisis. While a third of children on free school meals do not have an adequate alternative option, says research from the Food Foundation Thinktank. We plan to solve this with the funds we raise which will go directly to A-plate- for- London, who are tackling the food poverty crisis by repurposing unused kitchen spaces across the capital, to create nutritionist meals.
As it stands right now, we have been able to raise £190, through our monthly event Confronting Covid-19. An online panel which aims to equip entrepreneurs with the resources they need to overcome the challenges presented by the virus. In total this will feed 76 children. We are now on a mission to work with A-plate-for-London, Kwanda and Wickers Charity to increase that number significantly. In a bid to feed 10000 children from black communities over the up and coming months.
Free school meals are a vital resource for low-income families: research from the Huffington Posts suggests that almost 200,000 pupils have had to skip meals since the crisis began.
The Department for Education have declared that the free school scheme will not continue in the summer holidays, but campaigners say children in vulnerable families will still go hungry. (The Guardian, 2020)
According to BBC Good Food, nutritious meals have significant health and educational benefits for children whilst in their earlier years. As foods such as protein not only affect their growth but brain development.
Why Children from Black Communities?
Adults from these communities are more likely to work frontline jobs, with a representation of 44% in the medical sector compared with 14% of the population of England and Wales. (The Guardian, 2020).
As a result, adults from these communities are also more likely to suffer from food poverty due to their low-income status. (Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 2020).
Adults from these communities are the most likely to be at risk from catching the coronavirus potentially leaving their children at risk of going without a mother or father dependant on how severe the case is. (The Guardian, 2020).
Donating as little as £2.50 will provide a vulnerable child a nutritious meal. With your support and A-plate-for-London’s hard work; we can feed the most vulnerable children at risk of suffering from food poverty today.