Housing association Catalyst has awarded The Felix Project a £5,000 grant to help provide over 30,000 additional meals across London from surplus food.

The Felix Project is the largest food redistribution charity in London, and part of the London Food Alliance. The charity provides a free door-to-door service to collect high-quality surplus fresh, nutritious food and in-date cupboard staples from suppliers and deliver it to charities so they can provide healthy meals and help the most vulnerable in society. The charity also runs ‘Felix’s Kitchen’, making nourishing meals from surplus food and delivering them for free in East London.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, the charity also delivered to London’s emergency food hubs, serving people who were sick and in isolation. In 2020, The Felix Project provided food for over 21 million meals and their operation is growing rapidly.

The grant is just one of the ways in which Catalyst, a subsidiary of the Peabody group, is helping residents and communities recover from the pandemic and support those most impacted by the significant recent rise in the cost-of-living.

Through dedicated teams, Catalyst offers money and benefits advice, guidance on training and employment, help with getting online and support with mental, physical and emotional health. Catalyst also works with customers and partners to provide a range of activities, projects, initiatives and funding opportunities.

Sahil Khan, Director of Community Strategy, Partnerships and Funding at Peabody said:

‘Peabody and the wider sector are aware of the impact the current economic changes and legacy of the pandemic is having on our residents and communities, with food insecurity a real and growing crisis.

‘We’re delighted the £5,000 grant we’ve awarded to The Felix Project has provided a significant boost in the number of high-quality, varied and nutritious meals and staple food items the charity can provide to people in need across the city.

‘We’ve been working with The Felix Project for a number of years and have seen first-hand the huge difference they make. During the pandemic, Catalyst set up a ‘Coronavirus Voluntary Sector Support Fund’ to help charities and voluntary sector organisations continue to support their communities. Through this fund, we helped the project to buy additional crates to cope with the increase in demand for their service.

‘The work and vision of The Felix Project is intrinsically linked with our purpose and values as a housing association. Many of our residents, community centres and neighbourhoods work with and benefit from the support they offer, and our teams and colleagues support the charity through their work in our communities or through volunteering.

‘Along with our ongoing support of the amazing team of people at The Felix Project, we’re working strategically with other organisations in the sector to address food poverty.’

Phil Gray, Trusts Fundraising Officer at The Felix Project said:

‘The economic impact of the pandemic has been life-changing for many people. Large numbers of people who were previously financially stable have experienced a decrease in income due to job losses, pay or hours cuts, or being furloughed.

‘On behalf of everyone at The Felix Project, I would like to thank Catalyst for their significant grant of £5,000. With the cost of living, energy and fuel in the UK on the rise, and exacerbated by the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, your support could not have come at a more vital time. The grant will enable us to rescue and deliver enough surplus food to provide 30,500 meals to some of London’s most vulnerable people, including many Catalyst customers. Thank you so much!’