Socially minded Londoners are giving over their kitchens to the emergency food drive as coronavirus spreads
They are cooking and packing vital supplies for neighbours who are struggling to get enough to eat.
Using fresh produce from The Felix Project, our Food for London Now appeal partner, residents in the capital are making meals for vulnerable people in their community who can’t get out for health reasons or can’t afford to buy food because of lost income.
Katie-Louise Barber started off by using half a dozen crates of surplus food from Felix to cook 750 meals for NHS staff at Barnet Hospital, including lasagne, curries and macaroni cheese.
From her home in High Barnet, the 27-year-old uses surplus supplies from both Felix and local restaurants to deliver about 250 food parcels and freshly cooked meals each week to people in her community asking for help.
“It’s like running a food bank from a two-bedroom flat, with all this stuff coming in and going out so quickly,” she said. “It’s getting busier and busier because so many people need support.”
Ms Barber added: “I can’t bear the thought of anyone going hungry. It’s horrible to think of it in this day and age. I’ve had help from some brilliant volunteers.
“I’ve got three young girls at home and I hope they’re learning something about giving back to the community.”
Another Londoner who has transformed his home space is Tim Young who decided last month to start volunteering with Bread n Butter, a charity in Barnet putting out 600 cooked meals and food parcels a day with the aid of 80 crates of produce supplied weekly by Felix.