Feed the Homeless is a Bristol & Weston Super Mare based charity that is dedicated to distributing food and supplies to the homeless and less fortunate. The student group, Feed the Homeless: University of Bristol was established to provide a further channel of support for the charity and to give students an opportunity to understand the homeless crisis in the Bristol area. The student committee members play a crucial part in communicating volunteer opportunities to the student community, getting as many students involved as possible.
The students organise walks and kitchen sessions as well as carry out creative ways to raise awareness about homelessness to students. In the academic year 2017/2018, the group made a total of 150 hot meals and 600 sandwich packs and took part in over 300 walks with over 135 volunteers. This year, some of the group’s awareness raising activity included arranging a talk in collaboration with Caring in Bristol around some of the causes, issues and stigma surrounding the problem of homelessness.
UoB Feed the Homeless regularly collaborates with other student groups, charities and local businesses. For example, they teamed up with Bristol Knititiative in February 2018 to knit squares for blankets whilst preparing hot meals, sandwiches and snacks at the University of Bristol’s Multifaith Chaplaincy.
This year (2018) the group was awarded the Bristol SU Volunteering award. This award recognises the enormous contribution that students make to Bristol and the wider community and was presented by Dee Smart, Deputy Head of Public Engagement at the University of Bristol who said:
“The students behind Feed the Homeless have performed an extraordinary service for the Bristol community. Their collaborative approach to tackling a huge social problem in Bristol goes above and beyond the call of duty. They have created a positive and significant legacy and were particularly commended for establishing a sustainable model for future impact.”