UNINICIO is a social gastronomy project created to support, train, educate and employ young people from vulnerable groups or at risk of social exclusion. Students are trained in the production of pre-prepared foods for restaurants and catering services. When normal businesses was suspended due to the pandemic, Uninicio donated its entire stock of pre-prepared meals to local charities feeding the vulnerable people within their communities. Recognising the urgent need for food was going to rise they pivoted their production and have been supplying 6,000 meals daily to vulnerable groups across Madrid on behalf of the Municipal Government and other charities at cost. In April they launched their own initiative to support 800 extremely vulnerable families. The support they are providing comprises of fortnightly food boxes packed with fresh produce, dry goods, hygiene products, pre-prepared meals and recipes related to the content of the boxes. In addition, each family is assigned a volunteer who is there to offer them support.
Funding from the Scheinberg Relief Fund has enabled Uninicio to increase its capacity to distribute more food support, through the purchase of 2 trucks (one refridgerated), upgrade infrastructure and materials, and provide twice monthly food packages of fresh and pantry goods and hygiene items to 850 vulnerable families in the southern part of Madrid for 6 months (May-October).