By Marie Farmer founder of Mini Mealtimes
With another lockdown looming I’m reminded of all the wonderful companies that have helped so many families across the country. In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children.
One of the things that we’re working on at Mini Mealtimes is making mealtimes easier for everyone. I made the app free to use once I realised the first lockdown was upcoming to ease the burden on families. I want to make sure everyone has access to the same information to quality and confidential nutrition information.
Of course, families need multiple solutions as one size doesn't fit all. I've compiled a list of the companies who I feel have helped the most.
Free My Meal
Free My Meal connects people confidentiality who need a meal with people who can provide one across the country. Hayley Steere founded it during lockdown to help make sure that people who may require a meal have access to one. I was very impressed with her because she like me started her own company off her own back.
The Manchester United player was an unexpected hero during the lockdown. He was inspired by his early family life to petition the government to extend free school meals through this difficult period. Many families rely on those meals as the main source of nutrition for the children.
The Trussell Trust
They support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face. Between April 2019 and March 2020, food banks in their network provided a record 1.9 million food supplies to people in crisis, an 18% increase on the previous year.
Indian entrepreneur Tej Kohli started YouCube provides real support to younger people without placing them into a position of ‘helplessness’ or turning them into a ‘generic’ recipient of ‘charity’. lt contains inspirational quotes, uplifting stories and words of advice, and encourages recipients to be proud of being a ‘YouCuber’ and to post images and videos of their ‘unboxing’ as they discover the contents of their latest YouCube. As well as food and ingredients, each YouCube also includes items such as new books, recipes and art supplies.
The Food Share Project
A store like no other they save short date and expired food from landfills and incineration and fight food poverty. They’ve estimated they save over 30 tonnes a month of perishable chilled and frozen food. An innovative food sharing project they support low-income families.
This is not an exhaustive list by any means. If you feel I’ve missed someone in particular or a specific organization let me know.
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