We Need Each Other Now - Community Food Response

by Sarah Bentley in London, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 9th November 2021 we successfully raised £158,044 ( + est. £28906.50 Gift Aid ) with 2152 supporters in 602 days

Help community cookery school Made In Hackney provide free community meals and keep our charity going during the COVID-19 crisis.

by Sarah Bentley in London, England, United Kingdom

 New stretch target


The need for our community meal service is not going away. As the economic impact of COVID19 is felt - sadly the need is growing with rates of food poverty rising starkly in the borough. 

Therefore, as long as the community need us and this service and we have the funding, Made In Hackney has committed to making the meal service a permanent part of our work.   

No one should go hungry in 2021. Lets pull together to make this a reality. 

To support our work you can: 

-Make a donation here and help us achieve our stretch target of £200K

-Set up regular donations to MIH via our website 

-Attend our online fundraising cookery classes with all proceeds raised going towards the meal service 

-Get your workplace involved with fundraising or holding their team building day with us 

Thanks for all your support. 

The MIH Family 

We need each other now! This is an emergency crowdfunder from Made In Hackney in response to the COVID-19 crisis. 


Made In Hackney is a plant-based community cookery school and charity that has changed the lives of 15,000 Londoners. In pre-COVID days we ran free to attend community cookery classes with young carers, refugees, low income families and many other fantastic community groups to provide a space to learn the practical skills to lead healthier, happier more connected lives. 



Right now the future of Made In Hackney, and the health of our most vulnerable community members is in jeopardy. Due to the COVID-19 situation, the elderly, isolated and people with compromised immune systems are worried about going to the shops to buy food. Many people's livelihoods have collapsed. People are going hungry. 

Made In Hackney is tackling this situation NOW - but we need your help. 



On March 26th in partnership with Angelina's restaurant we started taking healthy, nourishing meals direct to the doorsteps of our community members who were struggling to access food during the covid19 crisis. These households were identified via referrals from charities, community organisations, Citizens Advice Bureau, NHS community workers, concerned neighbours and by self referral. 

We are currently providing 420 meals a day - and are on track to soon increase to 500 meals a day. Over a 3 month period we will have delivered over 33,000 FREE meals. 

Our friendly, non-contact cargo bikers and their volunteer cycle buddies deliver the meals direct to people's doorsteps. They offer a much needed smile and check in to see how people are coping. If needed we refer to other service providers for intervention. Ambulances have been called multiple times as our couriers have spotted urgent medical needs. This service is so much more than food. It is a lifeline.  



When we started this campaign we plunged headlong into getting the service off the ground as quickly as possible and we aimed to raise £30K. Having now started and seeing the scale of need - we are attempting to raise £90K so we can keep the service running at maximum capacity for 3 months. Can you help us? 

We need each other now - let's come together to make this happen. 


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