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I am writing this to share some bad news with you, amongst all the reopenings and vaccinations. The unavoidable truth is that many are still facing catastrophe and hunger when the current Covid crisis ends.

In the capital, which has some of the poorest areas in the country, one in five children has experienced food insecurity since Christmas, according to the Food Foundation. Many people will not be celebrating in the terraces of restaurants and bars; they are haunted by the spectres of unemployment, debt and poor health.

Last year with the support of readers through our Help The Hungry campaign, we raised £10m to allow our charity partner, The Felix Project, to distribute food for an astounding 100,000 meals per day: four times more than 2019.

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Yet the latest research suggests that it will need to upscale output yet again to meet London’s need. The destitution and desperation caused by the pandemic will not simply disappear with a vaccine.

So now, we aim to support the charity to achieve the ultimate objective: the end of food poverty in London. This legacy will begin with the founding of the largest social kitchen in the UK, based in Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas in Europe.

Rather than serving just one community, this kitchen will prepare up to 10,000 nutritious hot meals per day for delivery around the city, with the expertise of food delivery firm Deliveroo and the distribution network of The Felix Project.

There are two further reasons why we decided to support The Felix Project in opening this mega kitchen. First, it will recruit and train skilled workers in the Tower Hamlets community.

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And second, it will be using food that would otherwise have gone to waste, either because producers can’t sell it or because charities often struggle to accept large quantities of ingredients, often with short sell-by dates.

At this time of immense crisis and silent suffering, we didn’t think it was right to leave money in our London Dispossessed Fund, established by The Independent’s sister title, the Evening Standard. So today we are pledging to donate £1m of this money to equip and prepare the kitchen for its opening later this year.

One of the lessons we should take from this crisis is the value of collective action and community spirit. This kitchen will be an essential weapon in our battle to end food poverty for good in London. Together, let’s get this done.

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