On a mission to drive out hunger in London, Mr Lee’s Noodles teamed up with City Harvest London to give thousands of its healthy instant noodle pots to vulnerable Londoners in December and January.
After hearing the shocking figure that 24,000 people are living in poverty in London*, which accounts for 25% of the nation’s homeless population, the team at Mr Lee’s Noodles knew they wanted to make a difference and help feed the hungry in the run up to Christmas.
As temperatures plummeted to below zero in the city, the brand joined forces with City Harvest London to give over 3,000 noodle pots to charities across the city which help homelessness, domestic abuse and those suffering with mental illnesses. The brand also donated almost 2,000 pots to the charity Caysh, which provides support and accommodation for homeless young people in Croydon.
Hunger relief charity City Harvest London collects left over food from over 500 donors from all segments of the food industry on average collecting over 40 tonnes of food a week that would otherwise be wasted and be thrown into the bin.
Damien Lee, Founder of Mr Lee’s Noodles said: “It’s shocking to see so many people are struggling to afford to eat when so much food is being wasted and sent to landfill. Food poverty can happen to anyone, and it can happen quickly.”
Conscious about the environment and helping others, Damien said: “We are super proud to be teaming up with City Harvest London to give back to the vulnerable Londoners and hope that we made a different to them. Christmas is a tough time of year for those who are suffering with homelessness, domestic abuse and mental illness. I can’t wait for us to get involved in more initiatives this year and give back to those in need, whilst doing our part for environmental change too.”
One charity that was delighted to receive the donation of Mr Lee’s Noodles was The Dalgarno Trust, which works with the local communities offering a variety of activities, projects and services that promote health, wellbeing and inclusion for people, including a weekly food bank for community-members.
A spokesperson from The Dalgarno Trust said: “We are always delighted to see the City Harvest Van pull up with a wide range of fresh food for our community. We believe is it very important that our community eats fresh and healthy food and City Harvest’s contribution helps us to do this.”