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Lunch Box scheme helps over 700 families each week.

Delivery service up and running to ensure food reaches those who need it the most.

Working with schools, restaurants, The Felix Project and volunteers, we’ve been helping to get good food to the children and families who need it most.

Our mission has always been to improve the health of children by transforming the food, food culture and food education on offer in schools. We work with schools, in areas with high levels of need, helping staff run the kitchens with the efficiency and know-how of top restaurants.

With schools closed, and many children going without their vital Free School Meal, we’re now working to get freshly-made food to children at home.

We’ve helped set up a number of kitchen hubs that are providing vulnerable families with weekly lunch boxes. Each box contains enough freshly-prepared lunches for five days, plus cereal, a pudding and fruit.

Donations of fresh produce from The Felix Project, Fareshare, Rude Health, Belazu and Natoora are turned into pasta sauces, curries, stews and soups. Volunteers and school staff cook them, pack them and send out. Teachers liaise with families to assess the need.

On average, the hubs are helping 700 families a week and we expect that number to rise. We now have three main hubs and have been supporting other schools and youth clubs.

Naomi Duncan, Chief Executive at Chefs in Schools, said: “In just a few short weeks, this appeal has demonstrated to us what can be done when people come together to support their communities. We’d like to thank everyone who’s sent produce, worked in a kitchen, labelled the lunches, packed boxes and loaded vans, it’s been a real team effort and heart-warming to see.

“As well as helping families whose children are eligible for Free School Meals, we’re supporting families who have little money and no access to financial support. Their cupboards are empty, their children are going hungry. It’s vital that we ensure they have good food to eat.”

The Lunch Boxes are a much-needed alternative to the Government’s Free School Meals voucher scheme, which does not work for all families. Some live too far from a participating supermarket, others are too ill, or too anxious, to go out. 

Chefs in Schools also believes that, where possible, fresh is always best. There is no substitute for meals made from scratch from vegetables and good quality ingredients.

If you’d like to support this work, please donate online.