Let’s Feed Brum was set up to build on the work of Inspiration Support; a team of dedicated volunteers who have provided food, drink, essential supplies and friendship to those living on our streets for six years.
With 10 million tonnes of food being thrown away every year in the UK, we’re bringing Birmingham’s cafés, bars and restaurants together to help feed people in these unfortunate circumstances. Added to that, we’re increasing the number of volunteers out on the streets by getting the community together to be the humans we should all be.
The idea being that we satisfy the immediate need and don’t let people go hungry but, ultimately, start conversations that help us understand how we can signpost the right services that already exist in the city. Not everyone out on the streets is ready to access services themselves so our friendship, seeing them six nights a week, helps us understand their situation and give them support to lead them to experts who can help.
Get in touch with Let’s Feed Brum if you’re able to provide us with hot or cold food, either regularly or as a one off donation.
Likewise, if you have time to give, get in touch and we’ll let you know about our volunteering opportunities.
Ideally, we look for food donations that can be delivered either to a volunteer, or direct to our soup kitchen as we have limited resources. However, if this isn’t possible, we’re often able to arrange collection.
We welcome volunteers out every Monday-Saturday evening, and also Wednesday and Thursday morning. As well as some daytime opportunities too.
Once you’ve donated your food, it will be handed out at our soup kitchen base (located at Old Square, Corporation Street) and also via our walkabout teams who go to the city’s hotspots.
When you join us, we know that you’ll find it rewarding and will see how important the work is that we do.
We welcome donations of food and supplies at all times, but we’re really looking for people who can donate regularly; whether that be weekly or monthly.
Volunteers are not committed once they join us, but it’s great to have regular volunteers who can join us weekly.
Once you’re part of the Let’s Feed Brum family, you’ll get even more involved in the crucial work that we do, particularly building relationships, helping to mentor people who are homeless and at risk of homelessness, and signposting them to key services in the city.
“There is a huge population of homeless people in Birmingham; however, there is a larger population of people that can help. When I heard about Inspiration Support’s work, I knew that I wanted Itihaas to get involved. I went out with Ben, the founder of Inspiration Support, and his team of volunteers to see the situation firsthand and understand more clearly how Itihaas can help. The experience was equally humbling and frustrating: knowing how many people would go hungry without the work of Inspiration Support, and how easy it would be for more people to help, has made me more determined than ever to be part of the change.
“Itihaas is proud to be at the forefront of the Let’s Feed Brum campaign and we’re now serving hot food every Monday, but we need others to join us on this journey. Being a restaurant owner, I know the extent of food waste in this city: my question is why are we throwing this food away when it could be used to feed someone that needs it? I want to challenge my fellow Brummie restaurants to step up to the plate and help us to help others. Itihaas will be taking one day a week but that leaves six more: who else will hit the streets with us?”
Raj Rana, Owner Itihaas Restaurant and Founding Director, Let’s Feed Brum
If you don’t have food to donate, how about some supplies? We always need:
- Sleeping bags and blankets
- Jumpers, coats and warm clothing
- Socks and shoes
… and anything else needed!
Your time is also what we needed – Let’s Feed Brum can never have enough volunteers so why not give up a couple of hours a week or month, and help us?
Step up to the plate and help us tackle homelessness by giving up your time or donating food and supplies to the cause.
Get in touch!