Nearly two million kids are going hungry in the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown – so even rapper Dizzee Rascal is joining efforts to help get food to those who need it.
The Food Foundation’s latest YouGov survey revealed that 1.7 million kids are living in food insecure households while 4.9 million adults are struggling to put food on the table.
The shocking figures represent a small improvement on levels seen at the start of the lockdown when 16 per cent of households were experiencing food insecurity. But they are still 250 per cent higher than pre-Covid-19 levels, putting into perspective the dramatic impact of the virus, with four million households borrowing money just to avoid starvation.
Many young people in London are paying a devastating price for Covid-19 and as a society we have a duty to help
This was the reason why Dizzee Rascal dropped in on Bygrove Primary School in Poplar yesterday.
The world-famous recording artist spent the morning packing food parcels and serving meals to children and families. Each parcel put together at the school-turned-food hub contains enough food to make five meals for a family of four with a further 150 food hampers sent to local families every week.
Dizzee dropped in as part of his work with Kitchen Social, the food poverty-busting programme of charity Mayor’s Fund for London, run by Big Issue Changemaker Clara Widdison.