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The Passage – #DonateYourDinner

The Passage asks celebrity chefs and the public to share recipes and fund vital food parcels

One of the UK’s largest homeless charities, The Passage, is launching an urgent #DonateYourDinner campaign to help feed London’s homeless community during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Supported by Nadiya Hussain, the celebrity chef comments on the campaign: “Let’s not let homelessness become normal.  Let’s not walk past.”

The UK lockdown has meant homeless people are even more vulnerable, with many shelters having to close their doors.  The Passage, based in Westminster, has supported hundreds of rough sleepers into emergency accommodation over the past few weeks.   

The charity is continuing to provide vital support, including preparing and delivering hot meals to over 300 people helped off the streets and into accommodation, seven days a week. 

The Head Chef Claudette Dawkins and her army of volunteers in The Passage kitchen have created a brand new Food Hub, preparing hot, nutritious meals and are hoping for inspiration from celebrity chefs who have been asked to provide recipes.

It costs £10 to provide a food parcel to a homeless person every evening which includes a hot meal as well as breakfast and lunch for the next day. The Passage needs to raise £300,000 in the next ten weeks to ensure London’s homeless don’t go hungry.

The Passage’s CEO, Mick Clarke said, “our priority is to ensure that homeless people have somewhere safe to stay, are well fed and do not return to the streets.  We are asking people to donate £10 to help fund a daily food parcel for one homeless person. At this time of lockdown, when many of us are unable to enjoy a meal with family and friends, we also encourage people to join us on social media to celebrate food by sharing recipes and their dining experiences.”

The #DonateYourDinner campaign is asking people to post a photo or video of people making and eating dinner.  Today, food has never played a more important role in our lives. The Passage hopes to recognise this by bringing people together to celebrate food and encourage the public to share their own ‘dinner’ experiences.