Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wholesale Company Gives Van to Meals Charity

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Wholesale Company Gives Van to Meals Charity

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Byline: LAURA HILL Reporter Laura.Hill@trinitymirror.com @laurahillnews

EVERY year, thousands of people come to terms with the fact they cannot provide hot dinners for themselves or their family.

Cold and hungry, many who spend their days and nights on Newcastle's streets don't know where to turn. That is where the People's Kitchen comes in.

The homeless charity is now transporting its volunteers and supplies around the city in a new van - thanks to a generous donation from a Seaham wholesalers.

Kans and Kandy Group has given a new Ford van to the charity, which provides 40,000 hot meals a year and vital support to Newcastle's displaced population.

Based in Wellington Street, Newcastle, volunteers at the People's Kitchen will use the van to transport food to sites where the charity's mobile catering unit serves food, including Elswick cemetery, Old Eldon Square and Trafalgar Street.

On Sunday and Monday evenings, the team serves up 120 meals to vulnerable people in the city, aged as young as 16 and as old as 80.

When we turned up for a session, one person said without the food from the People's Kitchen he would be forced to shoplift for food.

He said: "My benefits have been cut, without this I would really be struggling to get by. I'd be starving, I would have to shoplift food.

"A friend told me about the meals about five or six years ago and I have been coming here ever since - they have helped me a lot."

Volunteers say they don't just dish out food to vulnerable people but offer advice and a friendly person to chat too.

Retired chief executive Dan Brophy, 59, has been volunteering with the People's Kitchen for a year.

He said: "The thing which still shocks me the most is these people are just ignored. Just talking to people like they are a person is a huge thing for a Without would lot of people who come down here. …

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