Hospitality Against Homelessness

The Hospitality Against Homeless Campaign aims to bring together the hospitality industry in a focused effort to provide immediate support to homeless people across London which includes fellow hospitality industry colleagues in crisis with meals, kitchen facilities/equipment and accommodation.

At the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, Only A Pavement Away had two choices, stand back or step in to help – the choice was simple, we had to ensure our members didn’t fall back into destitution. We immediately set up an emergency pay gap fund to help bridge the 20% furlough pay gap for members as well as offering support to any member/non-member facing financial hardship, to help pay their rent and living expenses- and this support is ongoing.

However as the crisis unfolded, we started to see a rise in enquiries asking if OAPA could help in providing meals to homeless people across London. This was followed by a recent shocking report by The Guardian showing a surge in numbers of hospitality workers forced onto the streets due to job losses. In response, we set about introducing our hospitality employer partners with those charities looking to supply meals to the homeless and the response has been overwhelming.


Yummy Pub Co to the rescue…

In April 2020, 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.

From then, the need started to grow first from 9 to 18 and then from 75 to 150 people receiving 3 meals a day. Over the 15 weeks of the first lockdown in 2020, we helped coordinate the distribution of 55,000 meals, 110,000 drinks, 86,000 snacks and 2,000 Easter Eggs! – across various homelessness services in London including the GLA hostels and to our members in lockdown who were self isolating.

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 2020, the Hospitality Against Homelessness Campaign has received significant and generous support from a wide range of suppliers and companies including Yummy Pub Co., Paul Pavli, Emdad Rahman, Mandarin Oriental Hotel and The Strand Palace Hotel team, who have been 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 2020, 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.

As the lockdowns continued throughout 2020 and into 2021, we are proud to announce that the campaign has received and distributed over £1 million worth of donated food, drinks, clothing and essential living items to many hundreds of people facing and experiencing homelessness across London, Norfolk, Brighton, Manchester and more recently, Edinburgh.

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Asahi +
Billington Food Service
British Beer & Pub Association +
Experience Curators +
Feel Good Drinks
Fresh Direct
Global Medics
Grosvenor Casino
Grunwerg +
Lupa Foods
Mandarin Oriental
Pasta Remoli +
Paul Pavli Consultancy
Pret Foundation
Rerusni +
Strand Palace
Team PAK Consulting
The Athenaeum +
Thomas Franks +
Tom Aikens
Yummy Collection +

Our Supporters.

We’re proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with only a pavement away with the launch of the hospitality vs homelessness initiative supporting people made homeless by the covid-19 pandemic, including many hospitality workers. Our combined expertise and support network means that we can offer vital help to those who have fallen on the hardest of times removing them from what can be a hostile environment and getting them back on their feet again and ready to be part of our industry’s recovery

Mark Lewis Mark Lewis Chief Executive, Hospitality Action

The guys at King George’s are enjoying the meals themselves, and one resident in particular (LN) wished to pass on his appreciation for the food. I think because it’s more “hearty” meals, they’re going down well here. And the packaging of them is beautiful!

Rosie Butt Rosie Butt Regional Services Manager, SHO

Currently we have 23 families that are asking for support with food and there are 37 children. Many thanks once again for your help, you’re amazing.

Sharon Winterbone Family Nurture Practitioner/ Designated Safeguarding Lead, Recreation Road Infant School