Help raise money to feed homeless across London
Brixton Soup Kitchen set to host a fundraising event to help feed more homeless across London.
March 21st is your chance to party hard, enjoy performances by Fleur, Bakery Boys XO Man amongst others and help Brixton Soup Kitchen raise money to feed more homeless across London.
Solomon Smith, the founder of Brixton Soup Kitchen, says the goal of the event is to raise £12000 to start up a mobile soup kitchen in form of a van in order to cater more people across the city.
This is just the first step toward the ultimate goal of the foundation: to open a supporting centre where the homeless can get help with getting back to work, housing advice, as well as a place to sleep- all in one.
Brixton raised Solomon reveals that the motivation to start a soup kitchen came from seeing countless homeless people, especially toward night time. Despite the desperate need, not a lot was being done.
To begin with, all funding came right out of Smith’s pocket, but now the organisation is fully based on donations. To no surprise, the soup kitchen is not funded by the government, but many private organisations get involved by supplying food. These include Pret A Manger, Gregg’s Brixton, Nando’s and a recently signed deal with an American company that will provide with food from KFC (no shortage of chicken for the homeless!)
Despite our society’s desperate need to generalise and judge, Solomon states that a lot of homeless people are, in fact, not drug addicts. He points out that many come in to have a cup of tea and ask ‘What can I do? Can I sweep up or arrange the clothes?’ Homeless people want to work, they want to have something to do.
Brixton Soup Kitchen feeds about 45 people a day. They come from all West London, Hackney, Oval, Victoria and other boroughs. Even though the soup kitchen is based in Brixton, the team of six people works all over town, including large parts of Lambeth, Stratford etc.
Solomon Smith says young people should get their “hands dirty” and get to work. Stop and have a conversation with a homeless person in your area, spread the word about Brixton Soup Kitchen and most importantly, come to the event on the 21st of March at Electric Brixton.
£10 may mean a new video game or a new top for you and the same £10 can help feed many homeless people around London, plus you get to party and listen to good music. Full list of artists to be confirmed keep up to date by following @BrixSoupKitchen on Twitter.