Yummy Pub Co to the rescue…
A few weeks ago amidst the chaos and closures caused by the COVID-19 lockdown, we were approached by a small charity in Pimlico asking if we could help provide meals to 9 homeless people in a hostel without cooking facilities, for 2 weeks. OAPA CEO, Greg Mangham immediately sprung into action putting a call out to his network within the hospitality industry and the team at Yummy Pub Co generously stepped forward to offer their support.
Since then, the need has grown from 9 to 18 and now to 75 people receiving 3 meals a day! And this is set to rise to 150. With this and the ever growing enquiries for help, it then became clear that this was not just going to be a short term fix and that we would need to widen the support and supply chains to keep up with demand.
OAPA CEO, Greg Mangham said, “We as an industry must be able to do something. Businesses are struggling now to survive, but what we have got are kitchens, we’ve got people on furlough who want to volunteer… to help these people on the street we need the food, the kitchen, the premises and the volunteers.”
He added: “These are our people and it’s preventative. If we can keep these people fed, watered, warm, they will come back to our industry when we’re ready to launch again rather than ending up in a doorway.”
The support continues…
Since its launch on 30th April, the Hospitality Against Homelessness Campaign has already received significant and generous support from a wide range of suppliers and companies including Yummy Pub Co., Paul Pavli and The Strand Palace Hotel, which is storing food donations, cooking meals and has sourced a team of volunteers to distribute them to those in need. In the first week of May, The Thomas Franks Foundation joined the Campaign contributing to the project by donating 2000 meals, as well as 25 microwaves, to ensure that those who have been placed into hostels have some form of cooking facilities.
The campaign is growing daily with more generous suppliers and donors coming on board – we are now co-ordinating the distribution of 6000 meals, 3000 drinks and numerous snacks per week to the homeless in London.