Catalyst Covid Community Grant buys food crates for Felix

Housing association Catalyst has awarded The Felix Project a £2,000 grant to help buy 500 extra food crates.

In response to the impact of Covid-19, Catalyst set up a ‘Coronavirus Voluntary Sector Support Fund’ to help charities and voluntary sector organisations continue to support their communities.

The largest food redistribution charity in London, and part of the London Food Alliance, The Felix Project fights food waste and hunger, helping disadvantaged adults and children get access to high quality food.  

From supermarkets, wholesalers and farms, the charity takes in fresh food and cupboard staples that are in date, safe and nutritious and that would otherwise go to waste as can’t be sold. Volunteers then check, sort and deliver mixed crates to frontline charities, schools and holiday programmes from its hubs in Enfield and Park Royal.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, the charity has seen a huge rise in demand for their food crate deliveries. To meet this demand, Felix desperately needed more empty crates – which is where Catalyst’s grant has helped. This injection of funds has enabled them to buy an additional 500 empty crates to safely load and move produce around the depots.

Catalyst’s Director of Community Investment, Sahil Khan, said:

‘We’re delighted that our £2,000 grant will help The Felix Project expand their operations to reach as many people as possible.

‘We’ve been working with The Felix Project for a number of years now and have seen first hand the huge difference they make. Many of our community centres and neighbourhoods receive food crates during the school holidays, which our colleagues and volunteers use to cook hundreds of hot healthy meals each day to ensure everyone taking part in our holiday programmes gets to eat a nutritious lunch. We usually receive so much food that we’re able let families take some home which eases the additional pressure on household budgets during school holidays.’

Mark Curtin, CEO of The Felix Project explained:

‘Food crates are vital to our operations as London’s leading food redistribution charity – they allow us to move and sort the surplus food that will go on to feed London’s most vulnerable communities. During this hunger crisis caused by covid-19 and lockdown, we have been fighting a daily battle to find enough empty crates to safely load and move produce. This grant means we can buy 500 extra food crates, which will be a real help to our daily logistics.

‘It’s all about getting as much food out, as quickly as possible, so that more and more people can eat good quality food on a regular basis, and less surplus food ends up as environmentally damaging waste. Every day demand for food in London grows, and our operation continues a dramatic scale-up to meet that need. We won’t stop until there is no more hunger in London.”

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More information on Catalyst

Catalyst is a one of the leading housing associations in London and the South East with 32,000 homes and 1,200 employees, having merged in December last year with Bedfordshire-based Aldwyck Housing Group.

We are experts in placemaking and developing tenure-blind neighbourhoods, with a strategy in place that will see us build up to 1,300 quality new homes each year. Our approach to creative design, effective urban planning and high-quality development is underpinned by our long-term interest in our neighbourhoods. By adopting a stewardship role, we ensure that the places we help to create are well maintained, look great and remain desirable and affordable places to live. A prime example of Catalyst’s work is our flagship regeneration project in North Kensington, Portobello Square.

Catalyst Communities, our social and economic investment arm, helps our communities grow with bespoke neighbourhood strategies that help deliver initiatives such as youth mentoring projects, after school homework programmes, exercise classes and much more. We also deliver an individual offer to our most vulnerable residents, with services such as financial inclusion courses to help people with their money, parenting support classes for young families and employment courses for those out of work.

For more information, please contact:

Liz Brown – Senior Communications Officer

liz.brown@chg.org.uk

01582 869224

Charlotte Stamper – Head of External Affairs

charlotte.stamper@chg.org.uk

020 3693 2464 | 07815525365