Feeding the homeless and vulnerable

Over the past 3 years I have been volunteering with Feeding the Homeless and vulnerable in Norwich, Norfolk, UK.

Anon have 4 groups of people who volunteer to cook main and dessert meals. The groups take turns in going out every 4 weeks. We are a grassroots group of volunteers. Most of the volunteers have full time jobs with various backgrounds. We are always in need of volunteers, so please contact us if you are interested in volunteering.

We cook at home and take the food to the Haymarket, Norwich where we serve the clients. We cook enough food to feed at least 60-70 people. Sometimes we get less visitors and sometimes we get more. It has not been unknown to feed 90+.

The Haymarket, Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Any food we have left over at the end of the night we take to St Martins Hostel in Norwich, or Hinde House, Norwich.

We serve the clients hot meals, both mains and desserts. We sometimes also have cakes, crisps, drinks, snacks and fruit dependent on what we have received that week in donations. Donations come from the general public, The Norwich Foodhub and Lidl and Morrisons supermarkets.

Clothing such as coats, jumpers, trousers and boots or shoes are always needed. We also need underwear.

The Foodhub receives donations of surplus food from the supermarkets such as, Aldi, Co-op, Tesco, Marks & Spencers, Asda and Greggs. The Foodhub are always in need of volunteers to collect the food from the supermarkets. If you are interested check out their website.

I also volunteer for the Foodhub as and when able and collect surplus food from the supermarkets and then take the donations to the Norwich Foodhub warehouse.

If you would like to volunteer for the Norwich foodhub and sign up for collections, please follow the link: https://10to8.com/book/norwichfoodhub/

FEEDING THE HOMELESS during Covid-19

I continue to cook along with other volunteers, cooking for 45 clients as of April 2020. These clients are being housed in emergency accommodation in Norwich. We are providing hot food, a main and a dessert, once a day along with snacks and toiletries. To date 4 May 2020, the covid-19 team are providing 315 mains and 315 desserts every week.

We get no funding for the food we cook and take to the clients 7 days every week. This cooking has taken place since when it was first made known that the homeless were being housed in hostels and emergency accommodation/hotel.

I believe The Feed organised by Norwich City Council are taking food into the hotel for breakfast and lunch.

We rely on donations from the general public, the Norwich Foodhub, Foodshare and food bought by the volunteers to feed these clients.

Before the Covid-19 situation – When we are out and about helping the vulnerable in Norwich we also take clothes, including waterproof jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, thermal underwear, ladies and gents underwear, sleeping bags, rucksacks and toiletries. These items are often received from donations from the general public.

We sometimes get cash donations with which we usually buy meat.

But sometimes we do get donated fresh and/or frozen meat, which is wonderful and we are always happy to receive it and fill our freezers.

 I often post on my Facebook page sharing with everyone what I am cooking for that evening, and this generates interest and sometimes it leads to donations.

Banana bread made from donations received

Sometimes the donations are delivered personally or we arrange collection. You  can also access the Wish List on the Amazon website and the donations get delivered directly to our door. Always remember to write your name on the order so we know who to thank on social media.

The volunteers sometimes have to buy food to cook, especially meat. If we do receive monetary donations we also buy toiletries as we can run out of these quite often and we need more supplies.

We use Aluminium foil food containers to keep the food hot, especially for the clients on the streets. We sometimes get these through donations otherwise we have to buy and these are quite expensive.

We, Anon are very happy to receive donations through our Wish List on the Amazon Wish List. Thank you for your support.

If you want to make a monetary donation there is a Donation Link on these pages which pay into a paypal account. We use this money to buy food ingredients and or toiletries for the homeless clients we see each week. Once again Many thanks.

THE FEEDING OF THE HOMELESS IS IS NOT HAPPENING AT THE HAYMARKET WHILST WE ARE TACKLING COVID-19 ….the stalls have been removed by Norwich City Council. What will be provided post Covid-19? ….. Under usual circumstances. As well as us serving on a stall at the Haymarket , we also have 2 Walking Street teams who walk the city taking food and supplies to the guys who are bedded down somewhere within the city area. The clients receive hot food, a hot drink, snacks, cold drinks, toiletries, sleeping bags, underwear, socks, hats, gloves, thermals and a snack bag, which usually contains a sandwich, a chocolate snack bar, some fruit and a drink, which gives them something to eat the next day.

If you are interested in volunteering to Help Feed the Homeless in Norwich, Norfolk, UK, drop me an email and we can arrange to talk.

We take food out for the client’s dogs and sometimes we are able to give coats for their dogs.

We couldn’t do this work without the donations from you wonderful people. THANK YOU.