ur Christmas attraction stepped in to save lots of the operations of an area charity feeding the capital’s homeless inhabitants final week.
On a bitterly chilly night time in Holborn, the Commonplace’s Meals For London Now noticed meals from our attraction companion With Compassion delivered to the Radha-Krishna Temple — residence of the worldwide Hare Krishna motion within the UK — who then distributed the meals to these in want who gathered in Lincoln’s Inn Fields to obtain assist.
The religion group has been preventing starvation among the many capital’s homeless for greater than 15 years, and was helped by our marketing campaign after Covid restrictions compelled its kitchen to briefly shut. Volunteers have been joined by the Commonplace’s proprietor Evgeny Lebedev to supply plates of vegetable curry and vegan cupcakes to homeless folks.
Consistent with the Hare Krishna motion’s beliefs, the vegetarian dish was blessed earlier than being handed out to the queues in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. There are fears homelessness is surging in London, with the variety of folks reported to be sleeping tough from April to June virtually doubling yr on yr throughout the first lockdown, based on charity Homeless Hyperlink.
The variety of tough sleepers delivered to the eye of the charity by its Streetlink service rose from 6,899 to 12,134 throughout the interval. July to September additionally noticed a 28 per cent enhance in stories of homelessness. The figures have been obtained from Streetlink, which permits members of the general public to name for assist for tough sleepers.
Rahul Singh, who has served meals to town’s homeless for seven years, mentioned the temple’s Meals for Life volunteers needed to adapt quickly when the primary lockdown got here on this yr — with the restaurant that had as soon as cooked their meals shuttering, susceptible volunteers shielding and native officers turning off recent water faucets utilized by tough sleepers.
Nonetheless, he added that though the strains of winter and the pandemic put extra folks prone to homelessness, the variety of charities stepping as much as assist them — together with our attraction companions With Compassion and The Felix Mission — means extra tough sleepers could be supported.
He mentioned: “I believe the winter this yr is compounded by the problem of Covid the place the variety of homeless folks has elevated, however fortunately there was a number of time because the first lockdown so there are much more charities which are serving meals in order that method the burden is cut up.” Welcoming our meals donation, made attainable by donations to our attraction from Commonplace readers, he added: “It was freshly made, it was sizzling and it was completely scrumptious”.
Meals For London Now works with London’s largest meals redistribution charity The Felix Mission. Nutritious components from the charity are then handed over to the staff at With Compassion, who cook dinner a thousand meals a day for these in want throughout the capital.