Reading Time: 2 minutes Made In Hackney is sending out 350 free meals a day (Photo: Christian Sinibaldi)
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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. 

Maria Chiorando

Maria is a news and features writer for Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. She was previously the editor of Plant Based News for over 3 years.