The Felix Project charity teams up with top London stores to feed the hungry this Christmas

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 (The Felix Project / Lisa Tse)
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This Christmas Eve, The Felix Project vans were out in force across London collecting surplus food to feed the vulnerable.

Volunteers picked up supplies from Fortnum and Mason and Daylesford Organic before making deliveries to charities Glass Door, Look Ahead and The Passage to help the homelessness over the festive period and beyond.

Marcus Roberts, The Felix Project’s Relationship Manager, was joined by Dan Byam Shaw and star of The Walking Dead, David Morrissey, alongside Ex England cricketer Monty Panesar.

 (The Felix Project / Lisa Tse)
(The Felix Project / Lisa Tse)

David Morrissey said: “I have seen first-hand the essential work the The Felix Project do. On the delivery runs I have been on I see the importance of their food delivery program and the many organisations that rely on their daily deliveries. I’m in awe at the way they provide a chain of collection from generous donors to the delivery of varied and nutritional food supplies to so many local charities and community groups around London. I’m delighted to be supporting their Christmas Eve collections.”

Monty Panesar said: “I really enjoy volunteering with The Felix Project. There’s so much good food that goes to waste and it’s very inspiring to know that they are out there every day doing what they can to get it to those in need. I’m honoured to be a part of it. It’s especially rewarding helping out on their Christmas Eve deliveries, as that’s what this time of year is all about really, giving back and spreading a little love and kindness.”

More than 274,000 people are homeless in England — with a ‘rising tide’ of evictions leaving many families facing a desperately uncertain winter. One in every 206 people in the country is without a home, including 126,000 children, a homeless charity said.

Shelter described the figures as ‘shameful’ and warned that ‘with Covid protections now gone thousands more will be joining them’.

Of those believed to be homeless on any given night, 2,700 people are sleeping rough, 15,000 single people are in direct access hostels and nearly 250,000 people are living in temporary accommodation — most of whom are families.

 (The Felix Project / Lisa Tse)
(The Felix Project / Lisa Tse)

Lady Carole Bamford, founder of Daylesford Organic, said: “The Felix Project is an organisation very close to my heart and one we have partnered with for over five years. Their invaluable work helps not only to fight food poverty but also food waste, two critical and ever-growing issues. I am delighted to support their Christmas appeal and provide society’s most vulnerable with nutritious meals at a time when it is needed more than ever.”

Chris Hampson, CEO of the charity Look Ahead says: “The support of the Felix Project and their donors is a vital lifeline for Look Ahead services, particularly over Christmas. This time of year is often a difficult time for many, particularly the people we work with. The support our staff and services give is often the closest thing to family many of our customers have. With the donations we receive from the Felix Project we’re able to make life better for hundreds of people who really need it, and we cannot thank them enough for their ongoing support.”

Matthew Falk, head of operations at Glass Door said: “All of us at Glass Door are hugely grateful for the support from the Felix Project. Ever since their first delivery in November 2020, our chefs have turned their rescued fresh produce into healthy and delicious meals for people in our communities who have nowhere else to turn.

“In the last winter alone, they have provided over 10,000 meals to people affected by homelessness, saving countless funds that can be redirected to our other front-line services. The Christmas Eve delivery is an extra-special treat, letting our guests know they have not been forgotten a time that can be especially difficult for those without a home.”

Fortnum and Mason CEO Tom Athron said: “We’re honoured to be working with The Felix Project for the 5th year running, supporting their incredible organisation which will be delivering great food to those who truly need it this Christmas, and every other day of the year”.

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