COVID-19 emergency food programme

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are running an emergency food programme to protect children and their families from hunger. Hot meals and food packages are being made available, through a combination of home deliveries and collection points in the community, to ensure families on low incomes can put breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the table each day. A donation of just £10 can purchase the equivalent of 30 meals for a family at risk of hunger.

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“Working towards the eradication of food poverty by improving access to affordable healthy food for all, whilst seeking to influence the underlying causes”

The mission

Leicester is working towards the eradication of food poverty by improving access to affordable healthy food for all, whilst seeking to influence the underlying cause.

How we work

The Feeding Britain pilot in Leicester is currently supported by public health within the local council. The chair is Liz Kendall MP. The pilot was set up to address food poverty as a key theme within Leicester’s Food Plan. The Food Plan Board oversees and drives a strategic approach to make Leicester and healthy and sustainable food city.

The Feeding Leicester pilot was set up to ensure that actions to end food poverty and improve the food system are joint led by the voluntary, public and private sectors. Nine organisations are involved in the pilot with representatives meeting bi-monthly.

What we’ve achieved

Key activities implemented over the past year include:

  • Ensuring emergency food is available to those in most known need
  • Support to food banks (volunteer training, improved access to surplus, sharing of knowledge, and coordination of provision)
  • A progressive holiday food programme
  • Healthy eating in schools program
  • An approach to develop mapping and analysis of food aid provision

What’s next

In the coming year Leicester will develop their partnership, expand their network, and scale up their current projects. Further interventions and projects are planned around better protecting people from hunger and building food security such as food growing, community cafes and social supermarkets, and reducing fuel poverty.

In the news

Thousands of hungry Leicester kids rely on free meals over summer holidays, Leicestershire Live, 13 September 2018