A small gesture is all it takes to make a huge difference to the thousands of people sleeping rough everyday. And that’s why one woman is asking you to donate just £3 so that a homeless person won’t go hungry tomorrow.
In a new initiative called ‘Breakfast in a Bag’, Michelle Clark, from Enfield, is handing out free, healthy breakfasts to London’s homeless.
Michelle told Metro.co.uk:
It dawned on me earlier this year that despite there being several soup kitchens feeding London’s homeless in the evenings, no one was providing breakfasts.
For just £3, a homeless person will receive cereal or porridge, milk, fresh fruit, a cereal bar or similar, fruit juice and biscuits, together with disposable cutlery and a bowl.
According to figures released by Combined Homelessness Information Network (CHAIN), over 7,500 people slept on London’s streets in 2015. This was a dramatic rise from the 3,673 in 2009/2010.
The simple but effective idea was started by Michelle earlier this month, but she’s actually been supporting the homeless and dogs living on the streets in London since 2010 with Off The Streets London.
‘I’ve helped several homeless people find permanent housing and I still keep in touch with most of them today. I consider them to be my friends.’
The project is currently being funded by public donations with additional support from food manufacturers and supermarkets.
At the moment, Michelle delivers most of the bags direct to the homeless herself but she does have a small team of volunteers who help host the popular Breakfast In A Bag ‘Brekkie Stations’ on Friday nights.
The projects has already got huge support on social media, where @breakfastinabag has more than 2,900 followers. Amongst its supporters are comedians Al Murray and Reginald D Hunter, Ian Danter from national radio, actress Linda Robson, Labour MP Jess Phillips and BBC’s Nick Knowles.
‘We rely heavily on donations, every pound buys a pot of porridge for someone or a couple of energy bars.
‘Quite simply the more donations we receive, however small, the more breakfasts I can hand over.
‘People are realising that by donating just £3 to us they’re buying a homeless person a healthy breakfast, all for the same price as a coffee and for much less than a pint!’
If you’d like to donate to Breakfast in a Bag, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.