Every week AMURT UK feeds over 300 people in Holborn, central London. Most are homeless or have fallen through various social safety nets. The harsh reality of life on the streets or being jobless in one of the most expensive cities in the world means a warm, nutritious meal can make a world of difference.
Tackling two issues in one each week meals are cooked using fresh produce donated by stallholders at Spitalfields market that would otherwise be wasted.
Dedicated AMURT UK volunteers collect the produce early in the morning then spend the day chopping, stirring and seasoning. Come rain or shine the food is then taken to the site and is served by our smiling volunteers. The feeding is often accompanied by music performed by Margi’s.
Michael: “For people in our situation this meal can be the difference between to be or not to be – especially when it’s cold.”
Vernom: “I’ve come to the feeding ever since it started. The food is excellent and the people very nice. Many of us walk here from a long way away so it’s important that they can always be here.”
Lennard: “The food is very good and nutritious. If it’s possible I wish they could come every day. Thankyou and keep up the good work.”
Thomas: “I have no money and can’t find a job. For me right now the most important thing is to be able to eat. I feel secure knowing that they’re going to be here each week. When I get a back on my feet with a job I’d like to help the group to say thankyou.”
Sham: “This service is essential for people like me who have fallen on rough times. A lot of us here have had homes and jobs but have lost them due to circumstances. This provision is vital till we pick ourselves up.”