An additional 80 families in need are receiving weekly lunch box hampers thanks to a partnership with Wahaca, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Chefs in Schools and School Food Matters.

The hampers provide enough lunches to last a family for five days – in total this project will provide 1600 meals in the first week. In week two, this will increase to 100 families and 2,000 meals.

This is a team effort. Chefs, from the Charlotte Street branch of Wahaca, are giving their time to make meals for local families at risk of going hungry.

Our charity is supplying the produce and organising delivery. School Food Matters is coordinating the project, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity is funding the hampers. Local schools are helping us to identify families in need of support.

Wahaca was co-founded by our trustee, Thomasina Miers. Already the chain has donated surplus produce, and now kitchen space and chefs too.

Naomi Duncan, Chief Executive at Chefs in Schools, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Wahaca to reach more families in need.

“It’s been incredible to see how the hospitality industry has reached out to help others, despite being hit so hard by the Covid-19 crisis. In the industry, we think of food as so much more than just filling a basic need, and these lunch hampers are the embodiment of that, offering food amazing freshly prepared food, to families who desperately need it.”

The hampers will be sent to children from local schools who are eligible for Free School Meals. To support this work, please donate online.