The coffee shop, the local school groups and the community

Local coffee shop sets up system for free meals for school children.

Southpaw Coffee distributed over 100 free meals for school children in need, collaborating with schools and encouraging other cafes and restaurants to join.

How did the collaboration come about?

After the government’s refusal to extend free school meals for children throughout England, Orlando James and Charlotte Powell from Barnsbury coffee shop, decided that they had to help children from the local area: “We are a family and this is an issue that is incredibly emotive and important for us and we knew we had to take direct action on this.”

Will the project continue beyond COVID-19 lockdown?

With owner James having stated that: “this experience has opened our eyes to organisations that we didn’t know about and ones that we’d love to work further with in the future” it hopefully will.

How was the project funded

Self funded

In order of importance, please choose the relevant factors that contributed to the success of this project?

Response to need
Response to COVID-19
The 'big' idea
Social impact
Delivery of Project
Combination of skill sets
Combination of participants
Volunteer support
Existing relationships
Available funding