Let’s Feed Brum was founded in 2016 by a small group of people who wanted to make a big difference.
Having run Inspiration Support, a group of volunteers providing food and drink to Birmingham’s homeless community for many years, Ben Rafiqi had seen the positive impact of one-to-one engagement. By going out in the evenings, he’d started to build genuine friendships that allowed him to better understand the challenges and blockers of seeking and accepting the support available.
After being introduced to a group of people who shared his compassion and commitment to on-street engagement, Let’s Feed Brum was born.
Let’s Feed Brum has always been about putting people first: delivering supplies, support and advice with both empathy and respect. We aim to do everything we do with heart, and give people their dignity back at a time when they’re already feeling low.
We provide food, drink, essential supplies and friendship to anyone who is homeless or at risk of homelessness. We never ask if anyone is homeless, nor do we turn anyone who needs our support away.
Food is just the beginning… by being out on the streets, we are able to start conversations and find out the support that people need. Whether in temporary accommodation, sofa surfing or sleeping rough, there are many pathways to help people into more independent living, and we want to play our part in getting people access to the right support.
We encourage volunteers to build relationships with people out on the streets; taking time to listen to their stories and build trust. We sit in a powerful position of being able to bridge the gap between the commissioned services and people out on the streets, and it’s something that we should never take for granted!
Let’s Feed Brum has become one of Birmingham’s most loved and respected charities, with community projects, corporates and individuals supporting us in so many ways.