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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