Hope for Food provided a “life line” to 40 people in Charminster on a cold Winter’s night.
Up to 40 people, some homeless and some on low income, sat down to enjoy a civilized meal in St Alban’s Church, Charminster, having walked miles in the rain to get there.
First-time volunteers, Leanne and Claire, provided the food which ranged from jacket potatoes to Mexican styled burritos.
When asked why she wanted to volunteer, Sue, who was volunteering for the first time, said: “When you see people less fortunate than you, you want to do something to help. Everybody is so caught up in their own world, we often forget about people less fortunate than us.”
After the meal, there was an opportunity for those present to take away food such as fresh fruit, bagels and crisps donated from Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.
Claire, Hope For Foods founder, said: “These are the ones that really need the food. They’ve walked a mile and a half in the rain to get here.”
“Claire’s a lifeline”
Louie, a decorator on low income and who Claire calls one of the “hidden homeless” explained: “Claire’s a life line. She puts herself out for everyone else.”
Following the meal, the church allowed 12 people to reside inside for the evening.
Top tip from Claire:
What to do if somebody on the street asks you for money:
Offer them a sandwich or point them in the direction of a soup kitchen.