Aproximately 400,000 children in London under the age of 16 are struggling to afford or access enough food. A study conducted by the University of Leeds found that one in ten primary school children are only eating half the daily calories recommended for their age. Families on low incomes are at risk of serious health issues due to both insufficient calorie intake and obesity. Cheap processed foods lacking essential nutrients and high in saturated fats are often all that low-income families can afford. Poor diet and dysfunctional eating habits can have a lasting impact on a child’s health and development.
Meals That Matter is The Childhood Trust’s food provision programme that works to combat food poverty among London’s low-income families. The programme brings together corporate volunteer groups with local charities to provide healthy hot meals for children and young people. Meals That Matter provides volunteers with an opportunity to plan, cook, and serve a hot meal to a group of children or young people at a community or youth centre. By cooking and serving meals at a local charity, volunteers get to spend time with children and see the impact of our funded projects.
"During last summer holidays, the team helped us plan and celebrate Horniman's 50th birthday by providing a BBQ and all the food, which was an amazing day for the children to be involved in."