Cooking For Homeless Families

by Treats Cafe in Weston Super Mare, England, United Kingdom

Cooking For Homeless Families

£885

raised of £7,500 stretch target

15

supporters
12% 2 days left
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 13th August 2020 at 4:04pm

Treats Cafe are a small independent family business fundraising to provide hot meals for homeless families living in emergency accommodation

by Treats Cafe in Weston Super Mare, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

To get us started £400 will enable us to cook for up to 100 homeless people currently living in local emergency accommodation for the first month. Any additional funding raised will help us to continue providing free hot meals for homeless families on a weekly basis.

With your help, even more small independent businesses like ours, will be able to provide homeless members of the community with freshly cooked, hot meals throughout the year.

Overfunding: All residents of the homeless hostels will receive their own folder. Professionally designed recipe cards, containing step by step cooking instructions will be donated weekly, along with the food deliveries. These can be collected and practiced, whilst living in emergency accommodation. Each person will have the opportunity to keep their recipe folder, to be re-used in future at their own homes.


Our Vision:
We are a community cafe, first established in 1996. To help parents stay positive and get through this difficult time, Treats Cafe have been giving away free children's meals, with every order over the past few months to help support low income families, whilst schools are closed.

Due to our new contactless delivery system we can now offer food deliveries to homeless families living in emergency accommodation. We believe all children should be entitled to a freshly cooked, hot meal, therefore we're raising funds which will enable us to provide free hot food for homeless families too.

Our Partners:
Weston's homeless hostels provide year around accommodation, overnight help, security, support workers, fresh bedding and cleaners for regular upkeep of kitchens & bathrooms which are topped up with toilet rolls and washing up liquid. Designed especially for homeless families, one hostel includes laundry facilities, private bathrooms & kitchens stocked with new kitchenware. The only thing they have been unable to provide is food and education.

The Challenge:
Currently, single parents are asked to go through a referral process before they are issued a voucher to use the local food bank. This means having to take their children out, during the pandemic, to queue for an emergency food pack, enough for just 2-3 days, containing frozen & tinned produce. It is not the most nourishing food to raise a growing child on.

Homeless adults who use the kitchen facilities are likely to have mental health conditions, which make it difficult to ask for food donations in the first place. Even when the food bank has provided ingredients, they may lack the skills required to cook a hot meal from scratch.

Some local companies have been giving cold leftovers & out of date food to rough sleepers. However this can have a negative impact on physical & mental health and increases doctors visits which could have been prevented by simply providing fresh, nutritious food.

Our Solution:
We would like to take some of the pressure off our local food bank who are now struggling for volunteers & donations due to this epidemic. By providing healthy food, which has been freshly cooked, this project will reduce hunger & sickness whilst improving the mental health & wellbeing of homeless families. Our aim is to provide hot food on a regular basis throughout the year.

Mental health statistics in homelessness:

  • In 2014, 80% of homeless people in England reported that they had mental health issues, with 45% having been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
  • Homeless people are 13 times more likely to be a victim of violent crime than the general public, and are 47 times more likely to be a victim of theft.
  • In 2017-18 The Quartet community Foundation reported, 2,028 young people aged 16-24 in the West of England presented to their council as homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • Studies have reported a higher prevalence of mental health problems in the homeless population in comparison to the general population, including major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Statistics suggest the prevalence of mental health conditions in this population to be at least 25–30% of the street homeless and those in direct access hostels.
  • The most prevalent health problems among homeless individuals are substance misuse (62.5%), mental health problems (53.7%) or a combination of the two (42.6%). In England, given that these problems are causally linked with homelessness, they add significantly more costs to homelessness due to the need for health and social care support. Unfortunately, the exact figure of estimated costs is unavailable at present.
  • Like many marginalised groups, the relationship between homelessness and mental health can be two way. Many homeless people cite mental health problems as a reason for being homeless - 26% of homeless people in the UK (this is double the percentage of that in the rest of the EU).

    Any contribution large or small will be hugely appreciated.
    Any excess will be carried over to the following month to help us keep this up throughout the year. Together we can make a difference. Thank you - The team at Treats Cafe

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Wow thank you!

Thank you. Your contribution will help to provide hot meals for up to 5 homeless families who are living in emergency accommodation.

£100 or more

Thank you for your generosity

Thank you. Your contribution will feed at least 25 people who are currently living in emergency accommodation due to homelessness. We will give your business a shout out on our social media platforms.

£200 or more

Amazing!

Thank you. Your contribution will help to provide hot meals for over 50 homeless people. We will give your business a big shout out on our social media platforms and in our press release.

£500 or more

We are speechless - Thankyou!

Thank you for your generosity. Your contribution will feed all the residents of x2 homeless hostels for more than 1 month and encourage much needed nourishment during this difficult chapter of their lives. Your business will receive a huge shout out on our social media platforms and in our press release. Please get in touch as we also have a surprise treat waiting for you.

Let's make 'Cooking For Homeless Families' happen

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