The Covid-19 pandemic has stopped Big Issue vendors from earning a living, so The Big Issue and Big Issue Foundation have stepped up to support them with more than £800,000 since March.
Throughout the pandemic, The Big Issue has been distributing cash and supermarket vouchers as well as helping vendors pay rent, utility and mobile phone bills while they cannot sell the magazine on their pitches.
In the latest lockdown alone, The Big Issue has given its vendors £99,450 to help them while they remain off the streets and unable to work.
Overall, the essential support has helped 2,111 vendors with £838,527.
Our vendors need your help more than ever. Here's how you can support The Big Issue right now:
– Get a subscription from a vendor on our interactive map: https://t.co/3CGFYEVZYg
— The Big Issue (@BigIssue) November 12, 2020
All that support is only possible because of Big Issue readers, and it has been a lifeline for Bournemouth vendor Zoe Tuppein. She said: “I’ve been on the streets for such a long time, The Big Issue has given me hope and allowed me to meet new people.