Maya Jama joins Deliveroo to donate 1m meals to those in need

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Deliveroo today announces the launch of ‘Full Life’ – a new campaign aiming to utilise its unique network of grocers, riders and restaurants to support communities in the more than 200 cities and towns where Deliveroo operates. To launch the campaign and as a first commitment, Deliveroo and its partners have pledged to deliver and distribute one million meals to families in need across the UK.

Working in partnership with brands, including Pret A Manger, Co-op, and Waitrose, Deliveroo will deliver one million meals to Felix Project, FareShare and The Pret Foundation, who all work tirelessly to distribute surplus food that would otherwise go to waste. The food will be delivered to hundreds of charities – such as St Mungos, Lookahead, Centrepoint, and YMCA – households and families in need, with the aim to help bring about lasting change to food insecurity in the UK.

Presenter Maya Jama has joined forces with Deliveroo and partners to launch its first initiative in a bid to help raise awareness of food insecurity in the UK, which has been intensified during the pandemic. The one million meals pledge follows a recent report by the Food Foundation which found that food insecurity remains higher than pre-Covid levels affecting an estimated 4.7 million adults (9% of households) over the last six months. This compares to pre-Covid levels of 7.6%.

Jama – who is a long-time friend of Deliveroo, recently partnering with the food delivery company in 2020 as the presenter of its ‘Restaurant of the Year’ Awards – has visited some of the charities and will be making surprise visits to recipients of the donation to understand what more can be done to help the lives of vulnerable communities. Maya was raised by her mum and aunties as her father was not around. Her mother worked multiple jobs to provide for her family and she knows personally how important it is for communities to pull together and the difference it can make.

Maya Jama said: “Sadly, despite it being 2021, too many people across the country are facing serious hardship and don’t have access to regular meals. I’m so fortunate to have a platform and a voice that will be heard, so I want to do what I can to raise awareness about how severe the food poverty crisis is here in the UK. I know Deliveroo has already donated so much and uses its network as a force for good, so when I heard about the new ‘Full Life’ campaign, I wanted to join the fight and encourage more brands to follow suit because that’s what it is, it’s a fight against hunger.  We can all do so much more to ensure food equality across the country.” 

Will Shu, Deliveroo CEO and founder, said: “At Deliveroo, we want to use our unique network for good and play our part in supporting the communities in which we work. We don’t just want to ride through our streets – we want to support them and play an active part within our neighbourhoods across the UK. That is why we are proud to launch the ‘Full Life’ campaign, with a new commitment to deliver one million meals to communities in need. This is just the start, and together with our amazing partners and network of riders, customers, grocers and restaurants, we believe that many hands – and pedals – can help make lasting change.”

Mark Curtin, CEO of The Felix Project, says: “The Felix Project has a huge task this year to deliver the equivalent of 38 million meals for Londoners facing hunger in the wake of coronavirus. We are so thankful to Deliveroo, Maya Jama and all the organisations behind this initiative to help us get another step closer to feeding London.”

Nina Allard, global head of Pret Foundation, said: “The Pret Foundation has long been committed to helping alleviate hunger, poverty and homelessness. For more than 25 years, we have been donating unsold Pret food to local charities and shelters near our shops, and we are proud to partner with Deliveroo to take this further in 2021. By sponsoring two of our nightly charity runs, around half a million meals will be delivered to local communities, at a time when food banks and food donations have never played a more important role. Together, we hope to make an even greater impact on the communities who need it most.”

This Full Life campaign follows Deliveroo’s continued efforts to support the NHS, frontline workers and vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic.