Kindness helped a lot of people this Christmas – from food banks; gifts of warm clothing and toiletries; to free meals, shelter and company. But what happens now? The problem has not gone away. Kindness will not eradicate poverty. Are we helping by providing temporary relief or are we distracting those responsible from finding a solution? Would the government be more likely to focus on dealing with poverty if they weren’t being helped by charities?
Homelessness is increasing significantly and foodbank use continues to rise. What can a caterer do to help? There are already a number of caterers helping others, so I decided to write a detailed post about what they do in the hope that it helps other caterers who may be thinking that they too want to help.
- 47 is the average age of death of a homeless person (Crisis)
- 4,134 people are estimated to be sleeping rough on any one night (Homeless Link)
- 132% rise in rough sleepers since 2010 (Crisis)
- 16% rise in rough sleepers since 2015 (Crisis)
- Over 125,000 homeless children living in Britain today (Shelter)
- 62% of single homeless people may not show up in official figures (Crisis)
These are just the statistics – the human suffering is immense. How many homeless people are there where you live and shop? How many pass by your cafe or restaurant on a daily basis? As a caterer, could you help just one person?