Weʼre raising £1,800 to run our monthly Community Feast lunch events for the homeless in Central London
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The Community Feast started in 2016 as a result of a series of conversations between friends at a local coffee shop. We wanted to know what it would look like if we did more for the homeless we passed by on our streets than the occasional handing out of change.
What if we knew their names and not just their needs? What if we knew their whole life stories and not just their current challenges?
We knew the place to make this happen was not on the streets, but at a table. We wanted to offer an environment where community would flourish - where the homeless would be treated not as clients but as neighbours, not as problems to be solved but as friends to be celebrated.
And so the Community Feast was born!
Every month we mobilise a team of volunteers from across the City and cook up a storm for up to 70 people. There is singing, laughter, (the occasional crying) piano playing, storytelling, listening and a lot of learning and re-learning how to create community amidst the chaos of life. As one guest commented:
When I'm here, I don't feel like I'm homeless. They aren't trying to tick boxes or change me - they are just happy we are here.
Last year we served over 800 meals and got to know 315 amazing homeless people . We celebrated their successes when some found work after years of unemployment. We journeyed with a couple having their first child while still homeless. We mourned the tragic death of a mentally ill friend. We threw two impromptu birthday parties for unsuspecting guests. We saw a man get the keys to his first flat after 15 years on the street.
But most of all, together, we got to know 315 names and 315 stories.
With your financial support we can continue to run 12 -15 more lunch events (which are free of charge)
All donations will go directly towards purchasing food and materials for the Community Feast events and to cover the costs of booking the amazing venue.
Thanks for your support!!
To find out more follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/bigfatfeast?lang=en
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Jon-Jon Hilton9 days ago
Thanks everyone for your support so far.... Our next event is on this Saturday April 13th Keep up to date by following us on Twitter @BigFatFeast #LongLiveTheFeast
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Apr 13, 2019
Keep up the good work. The Community Feast is amazing...visited many times - team are wonderful and friendly! God bless! E
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Mar 26, 2019
Bless you brother and looking forward to more feasts alongside everyone
Mar 26, 2019
Enjoy!...and thank you for your kindness to others
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I'm a Bahamian who has vacated a life of sun, sea and sand in order to build community with the homeless in London. I have been working with people in poverty for over 10 years and I am manager of the Drop-in at the www.londonjesuscentre.org.uk Twitter @JonJonHilton