Canary Wharf joins forces with the Felix Project to tackle food poverty

Canary Wharf Group and The Felix Challenge, a meals redistribution charity have agreed a long-term partnership that may see them be part of forces to sort out meals poverty in London.

The 2 organisations purpose to ship long run social influence whereas prioritising sustainability as they sort out this pressing problem, which sees round 400,000 youngsters within the capital going to mattress with out consuming a correct night meal.

The Felix Challenge, which has 4 depots throughout London, together with one near Canary Wharf in close by Poplar, will profit from the power, vibrancy and scale of the Property. Canary Wharf Groupwill facilitate entry to its companies, employees and residents whereas additionally offering services, logistics help and help within the type of volunteering and fundraising drives.

The primary main initiative would be the launch of the brand new Canary Wharf Inexperienced Scheme, which entails volunteers from the Property delivering surplus meals from retailers on to native charities, colleges and group organisations. A number of retailers on the Property have already signed as much as the scheme, together with M&S, Joe Blake’s and Waitrose. With over 70 cafes, bars and eating places and 7 grocery shops on the Property, the 2 organisations are aiming for a lot of extra to come back on board over the approaching months.

The Inexperienced Scheme will launch this week – at capability this may present over 1,000 meals every week, via round 10 totally different area people organisations, saving over 500 kilos of excellent meals from going to waste. To make this occur, Canary Wharf Group and The Felix Challenge are aiming to recruit as many as 1,500 volunteers.

The subsequent part of the partnership will see surplus substances from Canary Wharf’s eating places and workplace canteens rescued and cooked into sizzling meals at Felix Kitchen in close by Poplar, which might be distributed to area people organisations.

Shobi Khan, CEO at Canary Wharf Group feedback:  “We’re delighted to be partnering with The Felix Challenge. At Canary Wharf Group, we perceive that we’ve got a accountability to create a optimistic and lasting influence that goes past the buildings and locations we create.

“Our function is to carry folks collectively to reinforce lives now and, sooner or later, and we’ve got at all times prided ourselves on our capability to create long-standing significant relationship with our communities primarily based round Canary Wharf. By partnerships like this we purpose to make sure Canary Wharf is greater than only a place to dwell or work, however a spot the place you will be linked to the local people and might have a optimistic social influence.

“The enterprise group at Canary Wharf has an enormous half to play in making The Felix Challenge successful and certainly a few of our native corporations are already on board, together with Morgan Stanley and Barclays. With such a focus of retail and workplace companies on the Property, a key a part of our position as accomplice might be to introduce the charity to our wider group and convey the size that’s wanted to have an actual, lasting impact on native folks’s lives.

“We’ve so many individuals who can play their half, whether or not they work, dwell or frequently go to right here, and I urge anybody keen to spare a few hours to enroll to volunteer and assist us get surplus meals to those that want it essentially the most.”

Charlotte Hill, CEO of The Felix Challenge feedback:  “Within the UK, 4.7m individuals are scuffling with the price of meals. This is a matter we can not afford to disregard and the scenario is vital because the cost-of-living disaster intensifies. Many Londoners are attempting to feed themselves on lower than £3 a day.

“We’re thrilled to accomplice with Canary Wharf Group as they’re within the distinctive place to have the ability to convene the a whole bunch of companies, retailers, staff and residents on the Property to sort out this problem collectively, that means we’ll have a a lot larger social influence than we’d in any other case. They’ve the entry and logistics that we have to make the scheme successful at a time when the necessity is so excessive, and are dedicated to the identical lengthy lasting, sustainable and significant change that we constructed our charity for.”

By the partnership, Canary Wharf Group might be internet hosting various fundraising alternatives together with The Felix Challenge’s first flagship occasion in autumn, to be introduced within the coming months.

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