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Plant-based charity Made In Hackney has expanded its plans to feed vulnerable people amid the coronavirus crisis.

The coronavirus, which is understood to have originated from a wet market in Wuhan, China in December 2019, has now spread globally killing more than 42,000 people at the time of writing.

In a bid to reduce the spread of the virus, the UK is currently in lockdown, a situation that is affecting millions of people badly – particularly vulnerable people who are facing many struggles including accessing food.

Made In Hackney

Made In Hackey is a plant-based charity which last month pivoted from offering free community cookery classes to the vulnerable, to offering a free food delivery service to those same people.

It launched an emergency crowdfunder to help it reach as many people as possible – by delivering food and checking in with them – for as long a time period as possible.

“This is an emergency. There is a very real risk of our most vulnerable community members going hungry and becoming extremely isolated. If we can’t teach cookery classes – then we need to get nourishing food delivered to the people who need it most another way,” Made In Hackney founder Sarah Bentley said in a statement sent to Plant Based News. “We need each other now – let’s come together to make this happen.”

Now it has expanded its initial target of raising £30,000 to £62,000, saying: “We had planned to run this service for two months but it’s now we realize it will be needed for at least three. We are currently providing 350 meals a day (so that’s 13,300 meals!) – and to do this for three months will cost £62K.”

‘Helping those in need’

To help, vegan meat company This donated a ton of food to City Harvest London and Made In Hackney, revealing the news in an Instagram post that says: “I know it’s nauseating and self-righteous to boast about helping those in need, but I’m doing it in case it inspires other peeps or brands to do the same.

“We gave over a tonne of THIS to @cityharvestlondon and @madeinhackney this week. Hopefully we can all keep pulling together until this minging [horrible] year comes to an end and we can all go out for lunch again.”

City Harvest London takes surplus food and redistributes it among the most vulnerable in the capital – including the elderly.