Food For London Now: Top chefs cook up feast for children

The effort has been organised by Chefs in Schools, a charity co-founded by former Ottolenghi chef Nicole Pisani, together with Henry Dimbleby, founder of Leon restaurants and Louise Nichols, executive head teacher of three Hackney primary schools. It comes as our appeal passed the £3.6 million mark, with substantial new donations from life insurance group Athora and financial institution ING. “Each box contains enough lunches for five days, plus cereal, pudding, fruit, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggs and pasta. Our mission has always been to improve the health of children by transforming the food culture and food education on offer.” Chefs in Schools is one of more than 120 charities and schools being supplied by The Felix Project, which has quadrupled its deliveries since lockdown to 40 tonnes a day, the equivalent of 100,000 meals. Naomi Duncan, chief executive of Chefs in Schools, said: “It’s been a real team effort. Their cupboards are empty, their children going hungry.” Ulf Larsen, chief people and culture officer at Athora, which gave 25,000 euros (£21,700), said: “Felix’s work is essential in helping the most vulnerable Londoners and we are delighted to support their tremendous efforts.” ING UK chief executive officer Malgorzata Kolakowska said: “Our UK team has backed the charity since last year, so it is close to our hearts. Boroughs are in touch with local charities, foodbanks and community centres as well as the government to ascertain who is most vulnerable and in need.