Shining a light on food poverty in London
One of the aims of The London Community Foundation is to shine a light on the complex issues across London. In a city where so many prosper, it can be easy to forget there are thousands of Londoners who don’t experience this London but another side of London where poverty, isolation and crime are all too common. Food poverty is one of these issues and it is hard to believe that in one of the richest cities in the world, increasing numbers of Londoners are struggling to afford sufficient healthy food for themselves and their families whilst tonnes of food is being thrown away each year.
Our partnership with The London Evening Standard has allowed these issues to be brought to the forefront and we are pleased with the overwhelming response to the Food for London campaign and the generosity of all who have contributed, including Citi and D&D London. We are delighted to announce that £358,500 worth of grants have been awarded to 29 community groups through the Food for London - Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.
Of the 152 applications for funding received, the breadth of ideas for dealing with food poverty and surplus food were outstanding, with many of the organisations who received funding at early stages in their development. In fact, nearly half of the 29 organisations receiving funding operated on an income of less than £100,000 in the last financial year.
We believe funding these smaller organisations is important: despite some of them having less experience of delivering grant funded projects, they are embedded in their communities and are best placed to respond directly to local need, and may just need additional support. This is why we are delighted to announce there is a capacity building element to this programme – where funded groups will receive support and advice to help strengthen their organisations and operations.
The fact that the Fund was six time oversubscribed tells us that this campaign addressed a serious need in London. We are truly encouraged by all the resourceful projects and awareness brought to the issue through the campaign, representing a significant step forward in tackling food poverty in London.
Published on 24 April 2017
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