It’s the last week of our Covid school closure response work. With the holidays ending and schools re-opening next week, our final batch of free school meal hampers will be sent out on Wednesday and Thursday.

We started off working in the Hackney area but were able to expand thanks to funding from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.

They are an independent urban health foundation and funded our work in Southwark and Lambeth. Thanks to them, we sent out over 100,000 meals – or 5,300 hampers.

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The picture above shows one of the teachers at Allen Edwards School with one of the hampers and our menu. We tried to keep the menu interesting for families. Making sure the schools received food from different kitchens each week.

School Food Matters were vital in supporting the logistics of this work. Mission Kitchen used their Mission Meals scheme to connect us with caterers in the area. We also had teams volunteering from Wahaca and Hawksmoor making meals to go in the hampers.

Here is some of the feedback from schools:

“We are so impressed with the quality of food and it tastes amazing and very culturally appropriate to all. So many of families are touched, thank you for all your hard work.”

“The parents were very grateful, a few were tearful.”

“Additionally, whilst our pastoral team are making weekly phone calls to students to check on well-being and their academic work, having parents come into school fortnightly to collect their breakfast boxes and lunch hampers, has meant that staff are able to check in with families, and see if any further financial help can be given during this difficult time. It has brought us together as a community, and has proved invaluable.”