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Los Mochis donates almost 140,000 meals to The Felix Project in fight against food poverty

Local hero: Los Mochis in Notting Hill   (Lucy Young)
Local hero: Los Mochis in Notting Hill (Lucy Young)

Notting Hill restaurant Los Mochis this week celebrated donating almost 140,000 meals to The Felix Project, which works to help feed the hungry.

The restaurant, which pairs Japanese and Mexican cuisine, revealed that during the past year, it has donated a total of 138,734 meals, bringing the total number of donation over the previous two years to 264,259.

Each meal goes towards The Felix Project’s mission to end food poverty; the Project supplies food to 900 charities and schools in need.

Set up in 2016, the organisation makes use of the three million tonnes of surplus edible food generated by the food industry each year, which it distributes around the country to help the 4.7 million adults in the United Kingdom who struggle to afford to eat, as well as the two million children at risk of missing their next meal.

Dan Byam Shaw of the Felix Project with Markus Thesleff, right, who owns Los Mochis as part of the Thesleff Group (Lucy Young)
Dan Byam Shaw of the Felix Project with Markus Thesleff, right, who owns Los Mochis as part of the Thesleff Group (Lucy Young)

The charity visited Los Mochis, which is owned by Markus Thesleff, on Wednesday for a brief ceremony and photoshoot to thank the restaurant for its significant contribution, which comes as part of Thesleff’s broader philanthropy; the restaurateur also supports WaterAid and CEO Sleepout, which helps the homeless.

Thesleff said of his involvement: “It is an honour to be able work with and support groups like The Felix Project, who are doing incredibly vital work in these challenging times, where we see the cost of living continue to climb.

“It is our responsibility as a business to play our role and offer support to the best of our abilities. For every meal enjoyed at Los Mochis, we pledge to donate a meal through our Give Back Project.”

Los Mochis is one of The Felix Project’s 539 partners, who include supermarkets, wholesalers, farms, restaurants and delis.

The charity’s work comes at a crucial time, during the cost of living crisis. Earlier this year, it was revealed by Little Dish that more than four in ten parents say the rising cost of fresh ingredients prevents them from cooking healthy meals for their children, with 42 per cent of parents struggling to cook nutritional meals because of cost.