Crowdfunding a new depot to help end food waste and food poverty in London.
Food waste and food poverty are two of the greatest modern scandals.
In one of the richest cities on earth, nearly half a million people regularly go hungry. .
The Felix Project was founded by Justin Byam Shaw in memory of his son, who died suddenly of meningitis at the age of 14. Our vans collect surplus food from supermarkets and other retailers and distribute it to charities, who use it to prepare nutritious meals for those in need.
We have grown at an amazing rate, raising more than £1m. We now supply charities all over West London.
From 20 volunteers we now have 135, and we provide more than 2,000 meals a week.
We are working flat out, but for the next step we need your help. Our depot in Park Royal, where food is delivered, sorted, stored and sent out again, is at capacity.
To redistribute more surplus food we need £160,000 to fund a second depot.
THE CAMPAIGN SO FAR
The Felix Project has been at the heart of the Food for London campaign, run by the London Evening Standard. Led by the celebrated investigative journalist David Cohen, this has seen a series of groundbreaking news reports on the scandal. Special events, including a Food Waste Forum for 400 readers, helped to raise awareness of the issues around the campaign.
The campaign resonated around the capital and beyond. Companies and political and religious leaders, as well as other celebrities, threw their weight behind the campaign. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, also participated and pledged his support.
“It's win-win," he said. "With the best will in the world, you are going to have surplus food, and this campaign ingeniously turns the problem of food waste into a social solution to help address food poverty.”
A GROWING ISSUE
According to WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme, more than 10 million tonnes of food is wasted in the UK each year.
Of this, more than 7 million tonnes are wasted in the home, with manufacturers, retailers and restaurants making up most of the rest.
At the same time, food poverty is a huge and growing problem in London, with 400,000 people struggling to feed themselves and their families. Food banks have increased in popularity. It's outrageous in one of the richest cities in the world.
ABOUT THE FELIX PROJECT
The Felix Project was founded by Justin Byam Shaw, the chairman of the Evening Standard, in memory of his son. Felix Byam Shaw died aged 14 in 2014 of meningococcal septicaemia contracted on holiday in France. The Felix Project is supported by the Felix Byam Shaw Foundation.
WHERE YOUR MONEY WILL GO
The money will go towards securing, outfitting and maintaining a second depot, enabling us to service a whole new section of London.
At present we have one Felix Project depot, in Park Royal, West London. This is where the vans are kept, along with any food that needs to be stored before being delivered to charity.
Donations are being matched by the Felix Byam Shaw Foundation, so we are seeking £80,000 from Crowdfunders.
A new depot is essential if we are going to build on our work in helping London's poorest and most vulnerable.
As well as thanking funders, our rewards are designed to help you be more efficient at home.
Food waste recipe cards from some of the world's best chefs will help you turn your leftovers into gourmet family meals. Our kitchen kit, including fridge thermometer, will spruce up your kitchen while helping you to waste less food.
At the higher end, money-can't-buy rewards are our unique way of thanking you for you for supporting our cause.
You can get an invitation to a launch party, or an exclusive tour of the Evening Standard.
TIME FOR ACTION
Food waste and food poverty are hurting Londoners and the environment at the most basic level.
Whether you can give £10, £100 or £1000, this Crowdfunder is your chance to support a meaningful, lasting solution, and help create a caring, forward-thinking capital fit for the 21st century.
Thank you for your support. Together, we can do this.