QPR partnered with City Harvest earlier this year but events were quickly curtailed by the onset of COVID-19.
In-light of City Harvest’s immediate need to fundraise, QPR Ambassador Andy Sinton has recorded an appeal asking for public support to assist City Harvest to help feed London’s most vulnerable.
One of the 300 charities the Acton-based organisation provides free, fresh food to is the ‘Phoenix Cook and Eat’ project run by QPR in the Community Trust, allowing children in years 9 and 10 to learn cooking skills and gain the confidence needed to cook healthy nutritious meals.
QPR Trust CEO Andy Evans said: “People always smile when they see a City Harvest van coming. What they do for the community is literally life changing. Too many kids in the community do not have access to fresh food, which is essential for their physical and mental health. It’s time for people to help City Harvest if they can and hopefully they can get the funds they need to upscale and meet London’s sadly growing demand.”
In the last four weeks during the COVID-19 emergency, City Harvest – which became London’s first last-mile food redistribution charity in 2014 – has rescued over 231 tonnes of food, delivered over 548,000 meals to charities across London, who are preparing food parcels for vulnerable groups including NHS workers on the front line, and offset over 880 tonnes of greenhouse gases.
Now, more than ever, City Harvest is calling for extra support to help keep vans on the roads delivering food to those who need it most. Donations and more businesses providing surplus food are needed to combat this crisis.
City Harvest’s CEO, Laura Winningham, said: “Week four of COVID-19 sees us planning for the unplannable. We rescue surplus food and deliver for free to those who cannot afford to eat – that number is rising. One in six children faced food poverty in the capital before COVID-19 – we don’t yet know what the numbers will look like post-COVID-19, but we know our services will be in even greater need.”
Vans are still rolling, the City Harvest team is still smiling, but they need funds and support to keep doing what they do so well.
To donate to City Harvest please visit their Go Fund Me web page.