United Nations Sustainable Development Goals covered in this Case Study: Zero Hunger (2): The global pandemic is exacerbating world hunger. Worldwide, an additional 70-161 Million people are likely to have experienced hunger as a result of the pandemic in 2020. Increasing the number of undernourished people in the world to 720-811 million in 2020. Reduced…
October 5, 2021
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals covered in this Case Study:
Zero Hunger (2):
The global pandemic is exacerbating world hunger. Worldwide, an additional 70-161 Million people are likely to have experienced hunger as a result of the pandemic in 2020. Increasing the number of undernourished people in the world to 720-811 million in 2020.
Reduced Inequalities (10):
Too much of the world’s wealth is held by a very small group of people. This often leads to financial and social discrimination. In order for nations to flourish, equality and prosperity must be available to everyone – regardless of gender, race, religious beliefs, or economic status. When every individual is self-sufficient, the entire world prospers.
With many families struggling to put food on their tables for dinner, let alone income to support their children with lunch during school, the free school meal scheme is an absolute lifeline for many young people affected by food poverty; something that has unfortunately only heightened during the pandemic.
Looking at the statistics, pre-pandemic, more than one in five pupils (1.7million) in England were eligible, with numbers increasing by 400,000 in the space of 10 months as the world was hit by Covid-19.
However, despite the scheme’s much-needed importance, it begs the question: what happens during school holidays when young people aren’t able to access this much-needed support?
Thankfully, during summer 2021, as part of their Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) program, Haringey Council decided to do something about it, enlisting Edible London’s support in the process.
During the summer holidays, Edible London was cooking, packing, and redistributing plant-based lunch packs for kids across 7 different locations all across the borough. Altogether, during a 5 week period, over five thousand lunch packs were distributed, and all plant-based as an initiative to improve vulnerable young people’s access to nutrition.
As well as being better for the environment, going plant-based also helped to ensure our food was the most inclusive to all by not only limiting the number of allergens present in our lunch packs but by not creating any problems for young people that required kosher, halal, vegetarian or vegan-friendly food, and the like.
As seen in the pictures, all this was achieved thanks to the use of the amazing St. Ann’s Library kitchen, a venue where we have already started planting new seeds of growth turning the outdoor back area of the library from grey-green in a Mayor of London backed project to increase access to more green space, which you can read more about mayor’s visit.
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