Jane Bayam Shaw was awarded the Order of Great Britain for Merit community y Londonrecognition of the contribution made to her and The Project Felix for delivery food to metropolitan communities struggling with the Covid crisis.
Last year, they delivered the equivalent of 30 million meals to 1,000 charities and food centers, becoming London’s largest food redistribution charity, and this year they plan to deliver 40 million meals.
Founded in 2016 by Justin Bayam Shaw in honor of his son and Jane, Felix, who died suddenly of meningitis in 2014 at the age of 14, the Felix project sought to use stunning food surpluses in London to tackle food poverty, turning environmental issues into a social solution .
This has been supported from the beginning by our 2016 year Food for London campaign. and again in 2020 our award winner Food For London Now in partnership with our native newspaper The Independentwhich helped The Felix Project raise an unusual £ 12 million and led to a fourfold redistribution of food.
In six years, the charity has expanded exponentially from one employee and one minibus at a tiny depot in West London to an operation with four giant warehouses, 50 vans and 4,000 volunteers. Currently, 750 charities are on the Felix food waiting list, indicating the degree of need in the capital.
Ms. Bayam Shaw OBE said: “We had the opportunity to create this wonderful charity where staff and volunteers work on our vision of London, where good food is never wasted and no one is left hungry. Due to the fact that the people of London are struggling to feed their families, we are needed now more than ever. “
Justin Bayam Shaw added: “This award recognizes the enormous contribution that the Felix project has made in response to the growing famine crisis. Jane has been a major part of our extraordinary story, and without her we would not have been able to achieve what we have. Personally, I know how much courage she showed to create such an overwhelming public good from the tragedy of our family. “
Charlotte Hill, CEO of The Felix Project, said: “The Felix Project will play its part in the cost of living crisis with the same energy as in the COVID crisis. We are proud that Jane received this award; she is the heart and soul of our project and together with Justin provides an inspiring guide and vision for all of us ”.