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How often do you find yourself eating out? If you’re anything like us you’re constantly checking out the very latest hot new restaurant and pop-up this city has to offer.

New charity, Ernest are reminding us to spare a thought for those in a less fortunate position this winter. More than 8 million people in Britain live in households that struggle to put enough food on the table, with over half regularly going a whole day without eating, which is pretty shocking!

Thankfully there are some amazing charities who are doing brilliant work to help those who struggle to cook a healthy meal for themselves and their families.

Ernest, a community led social enterprise whose ethos is to bring together neighbourhood restaurants, residents and charities through food is now launching in Hackney! They’re partnering with trendy and socially conscious restaurants such as Morito, Clutch, The Richmond, Hackney City Farm’s Frizzante café (and more to be announced very soon!) to engage and support local food charities.  Having launched in Paris back in 2015, their first campaign raised €8860 for local charities and the second campaign taking place last November partnered with 48 restaurants and raised an amazing €17,747 for Toulouse charities helping local families.


In the UK, Ernest has chosen two excellent Hackney based charities to support:  the Spitalfields Crypt Trust and the Hackney Migrant Centre. For Spitalfields Crypt Trust, Ernest will raise money in support of their Cookery and Nutrition Rehabilitation Program which provides much-needed support and training to people who have been homeless and are suffering from addiction, poverty or social isolation.  For Hackney Migrant Centre, Ernest will raise funds that support weekly drop-in meals for Asylum Seekers and Refugees, which are run alongside advice sessions on a range of issues from legal and housing to physical and mental health services.

Now those are definitely worthwhile causes I’m sure all foodies will want to support! You will be able to follow the campaign you have contributed to, giving you the lowdown on how the campaign is doing and what the funds will be used towards. The crew at Ernest will also be organising a series of supper clubs, talks and foodie events with the restaurants and food charities involved in the project.

So next time you’re chowing down on another tasty meal, think of those in need – visit one of the partnering restaurants and make sure you pay your small ‘solidarity tax’!



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