Million meals – Charity’s target as more face life on streets
Food For All workers, who provide 1,000 meals a day, outside the charity’s Matchless Gifts shop
Published: 13 August, 2015
By DANIEL KRAMER
A FOOD charity is appealing to musicians and artists to help provide a million meals to Camden’s homeless next year.
Food For All – which drives food to drop-off points in Kentish Town, Camden Town and King’s Cross daily – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The charity is hoping to stage a Christmas fundraising gig following a rise in demand triggered by austerity cuts, according to director Peter “Para” O’Grady.
He said: “I’ve seen a distinct rise in homelessness in the past few years. An increasing number of single parents and elderly people are coming to us. Today, people often see homeless people as criminals. Where has the society of compassion gone?”
He added: “There are 1,000 meals going out each day. About 80 per cent of the recipients are regulars. Some of them have been coming for 20 years.”
Food For All has already benefited from some celebrity supporters, with guest list proceeds of a recent Libertines gig in Camden Town being donated to the charity. Its Matchless Gifts shop, in Caledonian Road, receives donations from celebrities such as Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) and actor Russell Brand.
Food For All (FFA) is a registered charity based in London (also in other parts of the UK), which distributes over 1,000, spiritually enriched nutritionally balanced vegetarian meals, to different groups of people, including the homeless, disadvantaged, financially challenged and the ‘needy’ on a daily basis, for free! It is open for all people to take part. FFA targets the homeless, single parents, the elderly, the unemployed, people suffering from mental and physical disabilities and the marginalised. (Charity No. 1077897)
Food For All projects include: –
London Distribution: SOAS University (year round) and LSE (London School of Economics) University (only main term times)
Monday – Saturday 12:15pm – 2:30pm. (Term Times)
Food Van (Mon-Sat):
Kentish Town – 12pm,
Camden Town – 1pm,
Kings Cross – 2.15pm
Day Centre: Matchless Gifts – 102 Caledonian Road, Islington London, N1 9DN – 7 minutes walk from Kings Cross/St Pancras International Train Station, 12 minutes walk from Euston station. Matchless Gift website – matchlessgifts.foodforall.org.uk Phone: 07900204746
Bristol Office: 75 North St., Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1ES. Phone: 01179669770 Distribution: Underpass of St. James Barton, Bristol City Centre – Mondays 2pm Website: www.krishnacentre.com
West Wales Distribution: ABERYSTWYTH, Bus Station – Thursdays 1pm. Phone: 01239 851178