A Bexley charity has been awarded funding to deliver more than 15,000 free hot meals, as part of a cost of living fund.

The Yog Foundation’s Hot Meal Distribution Initiative, established in 2022 by two families, has received a government grant that will help to sustain and grow its charity work.

The Foundation's volunteer-led service involves preparing and delivering more than 200 hot meals a week to local food banks in Bexley.

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The team of volunteers, from all age groups and backgrounds, also provide other essential items such as fresh produce and long life milk.

The grant will allow the charity to increase community engagement and distribute double the meals each year.

Future plans also include expanding the programme to cover Bromley later this year.

Since its inception, around 7,500 meals have been delivered, including more than 1,000 during the summer holidays of 2023.

News Shopper: Their team of volunteers includes kids and the elderlyTheir team of volunteers includes kids and the elderly (Image: The Yog Foundation)

The government’s Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund, delivered by The National Lottery Community Fund, supports charities and community organisations dealing with the rising cost of living in the UK.

Charlotte, a volunteer at Bexley Foodbank, said: "For those who are struggling to put food on the table, a hot meal can be a lifeline.

"It can mean the difference between going hungry and having a full belly.

"It can also provide a sense of dignity and self-worth, which is so important for those who are struggling with poverty and homelessness."

The Yog Foundation is a charity committed to bringing the community together for the common good - the distribution of hot meals is one initiative towards this aim.

Those interested in supporting this scheme can contact the foundation at info@yog.foundation, or visit www.yog.foundation for more information.