We have so many school food superstars to mention this week, all who helped our Free School Meal Hamper scheme since March. A staggering 327,020 meals later – it’s coming to an end. We can’t quite believe it’s time to hang up our chef hats and get back to business as normal. So many wonderful people played a part in our work, including…

Our amazing volunteers! Dozens of people have given their time to cook, pack or deliver our hampers. Some of them have supported us from the very start.

Our school hubs and the staff at the Leap Federation, Grasmere, Randal Cremer, Clapton Girls and Archbishop Tenison. The volunteers and teams at Drumbeat and Oasis. 

Guys’ & St Thomas’ Charity funded our programme in Southwark and Lambeth. School Food Matters was a brilliant partner on the hamper scheme there.

Wahaca made 6,000 meals over the past 15 weeks, for children and their families in that area.

Hawksmoor joined the cooking brigade, also making amazing meals for the hampers.

Mission Kitchen used their Mission Meals scheme to connect us with local caterers.

Park Plaza Waterloo let us use their kitchen to cook meals for Oasis.

In Hackney, the Belazu Foundation donated produce to our hubs and staged a Virtual Banquet which saw over a thousand people cooking live alongside a stellar line-up of chefs and food writers.

Issy Croker and Emma Winterschladen released Staying in The Book. Many high-profile chefs and food writers kindly donated recipes for this. It raised over £35,000 for our work.

Rude Health’s #FliptoFeed campaign raised £20,000. They also donated products to hampers.

Ocado customers donated £40,000 to us so far.

The Kusuma Trust provided us match funding of £20,000.

Natoora donated produce to our hubs and members of their team gave their time volunteering.

The London Community Foundation provided funding.

The Antonio Carluccio Foundation donated to our work.

And the wonderful Indigo8 helped us to raise awareness of our work.

Kate Kuzminova donated beautiful photos to help show you what was happening in the kitchens.

Last but by no means least, The Felix Project, Fareshare and lots of restaurants gave us so much surplus produce to turn into great food.

Thank you to all of them and to everyone who helped in any way over the past five months. You’re all superstars to us.

And it has made a difference and been welcomed by schools and families…

A Southwark Primary School Teacher said: “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.” 

A Lambeth Primary School Teacher said: “Thanks for this week, another great success. Particular feedback was that the spicy bombay potatoes were a HIT.”

A Headteacher of a primary school in Lambeth said: “The parents were very grateful, a few were tearful.”

“Additionally, whilst our pastoral team are making weekly phone calls to students to check on wellbeing 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,” said a Lambeth Headteacher.

And a parent told us, “We are so grateful for your generosity, time and labour of love.”

We are so grateful to for everything you’ve all done to support this work. Thank you.