Local organisations in Birmingham are working together to deliver free hot meals to the city’s vulnerable and homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic.
As one of the UK’s homelessness hotspots, the need for food donations in the city has spiked since lockdown began — with foodbanks struggling to keep up with demand.
Enter Arabica Café. Pre-pandemic, the Digbeth-based eatery was committed to helping the homeless people of the city by offering free food between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday.
However, with their doors currently closed in line with government guidelines, the owners have continued in their mission, providing local food distribution charity Feedo Needo with hundreds of hot meals for vulnerable people across the city.
Bosses at Feedo Needo, a homelessness project set up by The UK Curriculum and Accreditation Body (UKCAB) that distributes food throughout Birmingham City Centre, say the need for food amongst the city’s vulnerable and homeless people during the pandemic has been “unquantifiable”.
Company director Abdullah Mushtaq said: “For the vulnerable and homeless, the need for food donations during the pandemic has been unquantifiable, with many foodbanks struggling to provide and unable to keep up with the demand for their services.”