Under the current lockdown restrictions many of the charities that provide meals and food for the homeless have been required to close services as the only way to comply with the social distancing regulations. This has meant that for the homeless who are choosing to stay on the streets, the usual sources of their meals has stopped and there has been very little food provision available to them.
Members of Southampton Street Support Action Group have addressed this and set up new meal delivery services which are being taken around the city. The teams have worked out procedures to ensure that all social distancing regulations are met and none of the homeless are put at any further risk.
- Monday to Friday the Street Homeless Prevention Team are taking out lunches.
- Friday nights and Saturday nights Southampton Street Pastors are taking out freshly cooked curries kindly supplies by Grace Kitchen.
- On Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes Community Café and Southampton Lighthouse church are delivering meals.
City Life Church Southampton has a grant from £10k grant from the #martinlewiscoronafund to help alleviate poverty associated with Covid-19 and has allocated £3000 for feeding the homeless.
The situation is very dynamic and It is great to see that by working together and pooling resources such good coverage of meals has been achieved. I am sure that the coming days will require more of this attitude.