Project information

Kitchen Social

Kitchen Social is a Mayor's Fund for London holiday food provision programme which aims to feed a minimum of 50,000 children during the school holidays across all 33 London boroughs by 2020 as well as campaign for statutory funding for holiday food.

January 2017 - December 2020

Charity information: Mayor's Fund for London

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  • Need


    700,000 children are living in poverty in London and therefore are at risk of going hungry during the school holidays.

    With no free school meals or teacher support, hunger and social isolation are a reality for many young Londoners. Teachers report malnourished children returning to school after the holidays having fallen behind compared to their peers.

    Many young people will never claw back this learning and health disadvantage to fulfil their potential.


    Kitchen Social gives children and young people a safe place to go during the school holidays where they can socialise, make friends and get a healthy FREE meal.

    The programme is about so much more than just food. It looks at general mental and physical well-being and social integration. Additional benefits include learning about healthy eating, skills development, social inclusion, identification of children and young people in need and the development of staff, volunteers and local capacity.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To feed a minimum of 50,000 children across all 33 London boroughs as part of Kitchen Social.


    » We will identify and help 330 community organisations across London develop a healthy food and social development offer during the school holidays.

    What success will look like

    Success will be improved life chances of children from low income families and a sustainable infrastructure for supporting children faced with food poverty.

  • Impact


    We believe working with existing grass-roots networks to be a far more effective approach in delivering a holiday food provision programme as it allows access to a much larger audience. It is believed that the establishment of these spaces is a key step in reversing the 3 main growing trends seen over the last 30 years – hunger, social isolation and children falling behind in their education.


    Kitchen Social will undergo a process of continuous improvement as we learn from hubs delivering the programme. We have outlined criteria each hub must adhere to before joining, and developed a quality assurance mark. We also have an Advisory Board made up of our key stakeholders which will ensure that Kitchen Social does its best to help children and young people at most risk of holiday hunger, social isolation and falling behind in their education.


    Kitchen Social has a reporting structure in place with each supporter of the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Food provision This provide 6500 healthy meals to 1300 children & young people during school holidays for 1 year
  • Background


    Kitchen Social is a London-wide project, currently working in 24 boroughs.


    Kitchen Social will appeal to a wide age range however some hubs may choose to focus on specific groups. Indeed, we anticipate that the majority of the service will be used by children aged under 16 years old but the programme overall will cater for young people up to the age of 18.

    Young people over the age of 18 will be encouraged to join as volunteers in exchange for the benefits of attending the hub.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Kitchen Social is a London programme convened by the Mayor’s Fund for London. We played an influential role in securing statutory funding for school breakfasts by supporting a 3-year school breakfast programme for London in partnership with Magic Breakfast and Greggs Foundation.

    Our unique position enables us to bring together key stakeholders from the public, private and third sector, including young people themselves, to consider the challenges faced by young Londoners and to build solutions.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Our Team

    Kitchen Social is currently supported by the Mayor of London, Greater London Authority, and many London boroughs and local communities.

About Kitchen Social

“We had an 18 year old living in a hostel and noticed she was eating the available food with appetite; this grabbed our attention and we discovered the difficult situation she was living in and her food insecurity. We assisted her assuring she gets help through the correct services."

Youth worker