What does The Felix Project do?
Millions of people in the UK regularly go hungry. In London, 1.5 million adults struggle to eat every day. 400,000 children are at risk of missing their next meal. Meanwhile, our food industry generates two million tonnes of good, edible surplus food each year. Established in 2016 by Justin Byam Shaw, The Felix Project is London’s largest food redistribution charity. Our practical solution of alleviating food poverty by preventing food waste inspires donors, partners, suppliers and volunteers.
We rescue food that cannot be sold and would otherwise go to waste. This food is in-date, nutritious, and includes a high proportion of fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, salads, meat and fish. Food is donated by wholesalers, retailers, farms, restaurants and delivered to frontline charities, primary schools and holiday programmes, feeding London’s most disadvantaged people.
2019 Operations: 2 depots (W&N London) │ Central London ‘Green Scheme’ │ 22 staff │ 1,690 volunteers │ 20 vans │ 366 food donors │ 600 recipient organisations │ 2,600 tonnes of surplus food (equivalent to 6.4m meals).
The Felix Project during the Coronavirus Crisis
The Felix Project is providing an emergency response to bring food to those who need it most. As part of the newly formed London Food Alliance, made up of The Felix Project, FareShare and City Harvest, our charity is also co-ordinating food for emergency food hubs, working with local councils in 14 of London’s 33 Boroughs. We have been delivering large volumes of food to the emergency food hubs plus 380 of our charities that are currently active and 30 primary schools. We will deliver food to young people taking part in 50 summer holiday programmes. From lockdown to the end of July, The Felix Project rescued and delivered five million meals alone, with a total of 10 million meals rescued and delivered since the start of 2020. This is more than in the whole of 2019!
Pre Covid-19, our daily output averaged 11 tonnes per day (26,000 meals). In the last three months we have averaged 30 tonnes a day with a record high of 47 tonnes recently (the equivalent of over 100,000 meals). We are now the largest last-mile food redistribution charity in the UK through our redistribution of surplus food across London.
How your support helps us
Your support ensures we can keep feeding vulnerable people throughout London – not just now but also to meet the longer-term socio-economic impact of this crisis on millions of people throughout our capital city. Our sole source of funding is from fundraising.
Every £10 donated to The Felix Project delivers enough food for 61 meals.
Thank you for your support of The Felix Project and helping us deliver more food to more good causes across London to people in need in 2020.