Nicole Pisani

School children are one of the many groups affected by the crisis and many, especially disadvantaged children, depend largely on the food they receive in school canteens. In the face of the pandemic, children have been at risk of food insecurity or a lack of access to balanced and healthy eating. Nicole was head chef at NOPI restaurant in London, before moving on to school meals and co-founding “Chefs in Schools”. Until the pandemic hit, she had focused on changing the perception of school canteens through “intervention” programs in canteens and educational methods supported by cooks across the country. However, the pandemic caused her to focus her efforts on using the resources she had to ensure children could still access and enjoy nutritious food. Her charity is working hand-in-hand with food-sharing and surplus-food charities and initiatives including Olio, The Felix Project and Magic Breakfast, as part of a huge network across London.