According to a report released by the City Council last year, at least 80 people are now sleeping rough in Manchester, after a six-fold rise in the figure from the previous year.
Naturally, with homelessness, there is an obvious need for charity towards the people affected, at least until they get back on their feet again, so to speak.
One charity collective trying to meet this need is non-profit organisation independent group, Feed Manchester.
Having come to fruition on 6 November 2015, the organisation is the brainchild on Matthew Campbell and Leanna Cameron, who started it “out of love”, Matthew Campbell explained to TNT.
“Our purpose is to relieve people from poverty in Greater Manchester, by the provision of items such as food, clothing, bedding, toiletries and accommodation services”.
“We know love conquers all, and we believe that through our work we can spread love among people and give hope and inspiration to people who need it the most”.
The collective has had about 70 volunteers to their Food Run project. By preparing hot and cold meals, then delivering them directly to homeless people in and around the city centre, Feed Manchester is making a positive difference to the disadvantaged homeless.
Volunteering is open to all at Feed Manchester with young people requiring a guardian to accompany them. “Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact us via social media, phone or email. The Food Run project currently runs 3 days a week, to date we have handed out over 1200 hot meals and individual voluntary hours total up to 388”, the charity told TNT.
For the future plans, Feed Manchester is planning other projects such as Pack-A-Sack, Manchester Feed In, and the Snack Pack Project.
“We are looking for business, organisations, and individuals to support our projects and work in partnership with us via sponsorship, donations, and fundraising”, Matthew said.
Raising awareness, taking action to stop poverty and improving human life, is what is at the heart of the charity’s work.
Feed Manchester has a double-pronged effect on the community as it is providing help to the homeless whilst also offering a platform to volunteers who never had the courage to do what the collective does.
The charity is allowing “them to realise just how easy it can be to make a difference in someone’s life.
“With that being said our quote has to be ‘The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ Lao Tzu”.
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