Project information

Summer Meals for London Kids

We are planning to provide fresh hot nutritious meals for 435 disadvantaged inner city children aged 6 mths-6 yrs from Hackney & Haringey who will be attending various local play projects in the summer holidays. They will be prepared, cooked and packed by 5 volunteers at the Hot Line Meals kitchens.

July 2018 - August 2018

Charity information: Hot Line Meals Service (London)

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  • Need


    The children we are targeting are from poor families who lack the resources or ability to cook healthy nutritious meals for their families. The play schemes are an opportunity for us to ensure that these children eat healthily and nutritiously for the time they attend the play programmes.


    By providing a daily hot nutritious meal to children when they are enjoying activities in the summer holidays, we are targeting those most at need, and ensuring that their health and wellbeing are being safeguarded, rather than them eating junk and unhealthy food as they would without this project.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To keep children healthy and well-nourished


    » To prepare, cook and deliver 3488 hot nutritious meals to 435 disadvantaged children over 2 weeks at 3 holiday play projects.

    What success will look like

    We will keep a record of how many meals were distributed every day, to provide evidence of number of well-nourished children.

    Aim 2

    To encourage the children to learn about the importance of healthy eating.


    » To discuss with the children the importance of eating nutritious meals rather than unhealthy junk food.

    What success will look like

    We will question the children at the end of the holiday playscheme, as well as monitoring the impending change in their food choices.

    Aim 3

    To ensure that children have the sufficient energy to benefit fully from the playscheme activities.


    » Provide 3488 hot meals to 435 disadvantaged children over 2 weeks at 3 holiday play projects, so that they receive the nutrients so vital.

    What success will look like

    We will provide the vital nutrients for the children, so that they have the energy and will to join along the playscheme activities.

  • Impact


    That the children will understand the value of eating nutritious meals, and learn to enjoy healthy food rather than junk, hopefully leading to make healthy food choices in the future.


    Not enough children - we have identified children who will be attending Up N Away and Kids N Action summer holiday programmes.
    Not enough volunteers - Hot Line Meals has a bank of 175 dedicated and trained volunteers to call on.
    Children won't want to eat the meals - we will ask the children their food preferences and ensure that the meals are appealing.
    Not enough funding - We are engaged in ongoing fundraising, and have identified benefactors who are ready to pledge their contributions.


    We will write a report on the project and send it to our donors, including photos and a description of how the project went, and how successful it was in meeting its aims.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £21,180

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      Amount Heading Description
      £18,280 Meals and packaging Packaging £1000, Meals @ £4.50x 75 creche children + 180 Kids n action kids + Up n Away 180 children
      £1,920 Wages and Volunteer expenses Admin & Project coordinator 32hrs x 8 days x£15/hr, cleaner 32hrs x£10, Volunteers£80, transport£240
      £980 Rent and Publicity Rent @ £250 x 2 wks, Publicity @ £480
  • Background


    Hot Line Meals Service has rented premises consisting of a purpose built commercial kitchen conforming to Health and Hygiene regulations. Meals will be cooked there (12e Manor Road, London, N16 5SA) and delivered to Kids N Action Holiday Program at Woodberry Down and Up N Away Holiday Program at Bethune Road.


    435 inner city children aged 6 mths to 6 years

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hot Line Meals Service is best placed to provide this project as it is well known and well loved in the community. It has the facilities in place to enable it to run the project:
    1) Our purpose built commercial kitchen
    2) Our bank of willing, capable and enthusiastic volunteer for all aspects of the project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Winter

    Our chief cook has about 30 year experience in this field, and has seen the service grow and develope to its present dimension.

    Mrs De Groen

    Devoted volunteer co-ordinator is responsible for our volunteers, assigning them their different roles , and ensuring that everything is run well.

    Mrs Rapaport

    The manager of the project has a level 4 accreditation in 'Management in Catering' and trains all volunteers to achieve Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety.

Without Hot Line Meals delicious food, I wouldn't get a hot meal. My mother is much too busy with my unwell sister.

Shelly, 9-year-old meal recipient