Michelle Dornelly

Michelle Dornelly set up the Community Food Hub in Hackney in April 2020 when she saw how people in her borough were struggling to access food during the pandemic, something that has only got worse with the cost-of-living crisis – around 45% of the children in Hackney are living in poverty. Michelle and her team, all volunteers, collect surplus food donations and provide packages to those in need, running collection points at two hubs in the area. They support over 600 people a week and since the project was set up, they’ve saved almost 20,000kg of food going to waste, but with around 11 million people in the UK experiencing food insecurity, there is still more work to do.