The Caring Family Foundation’s ‘Food from the Heart’ Campaign supports Surrey Square Primary School to tackle child hunger
The Caring Family Foundation (TCFF) proudly partners with The Ivy Collection, Bill’s Restaurants, Caprice Holdings, and The Birley Clubs for this year’s ‘Food from the Heart’ campaign – working side-by-side with the hospitality businesses owned by Richard Caring to tackle child poverty and food insecurity during the Christmas holidays.
At Surrey Square Primary School, 25% of the children are living in Temporary Accommodation, and 85% belong to families facing significant economic challenges, as indicated by the lowest deprivation index. Additionally, 7% of these students have No Recourse to Public Funds, indicating that their families are ineligible for financial assistance from the government, including having access to social housing. Families and students have no alternative but to live in substandard or temporary accommodation, often located outside the area where they attend school, and lacking sufficient facilities to prepare a warm and nutritious meal.
On Friday 8th December, TCFF hosted a Winter Wonderland Experience, a compassionate initiative designed to provide the children at Surrey Square Primary with an opportunity to create a magical end to the year despite the challenges they may face at home. As well as TCFF, volunteers across The Ivy, Bills, Caprice and The Birley Clubs came together to support the children at the school by providing delicious hot dinners and entertainment, including balloon making, face painting, performers, and a special VIP book reading alongside support from local notables.
‘Caring at Christmas’ Grant
In response to the growing challenges faced by children and young people within low income households to afford essentials such as food, clothing and shelter, The Caring Family Foundation successfully launched the ‘Caring at Christmas’ grant for over 20 charities across more than 10 boroughs in London to cover the cost of the food provision offered to service users. The grant will deliver 100,000 meals this November and December. The charities selected currently support children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds including refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) children, young carers, looked-after children, children living with serious illnesses such as cancer, crohns and colitis.
By Angela Green