Stokes Croft Food Project
We are at 5,000+ meals and counting! Thanks to your support we have been offering a new way of doing food in the city since spring, but we need your help to keep offering this support through this tough time of year and beyond.
Stokes Croft Food Project is a collaboration between local businesses, charities and campaigners, set up to tackle hunger and food poverty in Stokes Croft by providing nutritious food to those most in need in our community. Thanks to your help we have been running a 'pay-what-you-can' cafe and kept our regular hot food deliveries going across Stokes Croft and St Pauls for a few months now.
But we still need our help - this is set to be an incredibly harsh winter so please donate whatever you can and be a part of how we change high street food for the good of us all.
Are you hungry?
On Tuesday afternoons at 3.30pm we distribute free hot vegetarian meals to rough sleepers and any other hungry people in our neighbourhood. Come to Jamaica Street Stores (Jamaica St, BS2) to collect your food.
(This meal is run in partnership with the PRSC Street Surival Drop In Sessions Tuesdays 2-4pm)
On Sunday afternoons at 2pm we distribute free vegetarian soup to rough sleepers and any other hungry people who come along. Come to St James’ Park (next to the bus station, BS1) to get some soup.
Currently it costs us about £2 per portion to produce these meals and we produce 230 portions per week so £500 will pay for a full week of free food being distributed to hungry people.
The pay-what-you-feel restaurant costs approximately £5000 per month to fully fund. This involves running at lunchtime five days a week. We are hoping to raise enough to keep us going through Christmas and the Winter so we can continue to offer accessible food and support on a pay-what-you-feel basis long-term. This is vitally important not only for vulnerable people but all of our community, not just in a pandemic but always.
Why now? Why this?
Stokes Croft has a lot of expensive restaurants, a large local homeless population and many low income families in a small area. This is a neighbourhood where the local food provision is inaccessible to the majority of local people.
We anticipate a steep rise in homelessness and food poverty across the city this Winter as we see restrictions and a lack of support continue through an incredibly tough time. It is cold and it is tough on our streets.
We are looking for donations to keep running our 'pay-what-you-can' cafe five days a week to guarantee regular nutritious hot meals to everyone in the neighbourhood. We also urgently need funds to keep our regular hot food deliveries going.
You can see our web page here for a full record of what delicious food we have produced so far, and which local partners we have worked with: https://prsc.org.uk/scfp/