Since starting on 1 November 2010, we have fed meals to 1,433 people.
Approximate breakdown : over-65s: 6%; women: 37%; children: 32%
Since starting to delivery sandwiches on 1 July 2011, we have distributed to people sleeping rough around 80 packs of sandwiches and snacks.
Presenting an Amnesty talk on Women's Rights, Gerry Lejeune, recently awarded an OBE for her work with the battered women's shelter we take food to, singled us out for thanks. "It has made a huge difference to the women" she said.
The shelter for battered women have been running out of crockery, with no means of replacement. A supporter, Mini, and St Mary's Church have donated an entire supply of crockery and cooking equipment.
St. Edmund Campion Shool donated around £300 worth of non-perishable food (tins, biscuits, cereals etc) which we distributed to guests over a three week period. We were able to help one guest with additional food who went though a period where he had no food to eat other than the meals served in the soup kitchens.
Increased numbers of guests means we now cook for 50 each week (up from 40 in earlier months)
Boots donated £1,000 worth of toiletries for our guests, including razors, toothbrushes and toothpaste, soaps, make up. perfumes and more. It was hugely appreciated. (Well done Serena for organising it and huge thanks to Boots).
We had some nice feedback from guests recently. You can see them by clicking the link. One from the Shelter and another from a guest at the Church
A 17 year old woman fleeing domestic violence at the shelter told the workers there that she "really loved" the meal we sent through last week.
One of the guests was talking to another and was overhead to say "the helpers here are really wonderful". The other guest agreed.
A 60-something man asked if we had any food for him for the next few days. He had no money, had his gas and electricity cut off and would not receive any money until the following Tuesday. We gave him a couple of extra take away meals and a batch of tins/cereals
A 15 year old boy living on the streets came in to shelter from the ice and snow. He was shivering. We fed him, served him several teas and had him warm for three hours. At the end of the meal, he was reluctant to leave the radiator by the front door, saying how much he hated having to go out to the cold.
A 40-something man came in shivering from the freezing cold, wearing a thin cardigan, shirt, trousers and shoes and nothing else. We gave him a wooly hat, scarf, warm coat and thick sweater. It brought him close to tears. We then warmed and fed him