Grant being handed some food by one of the Peoples’ Picnic’s founders, Karen. July 2014.
Recent years have seen a dramatic rise in homelessness, usage of food banks tripling in twelve months, the bedroom tax and changes to the benefits system all conspiring to make life harder and harder for so many of our society. Karen, herself on health related benefits, created the citizen run project ‘The Peoples’ Picnic‘ with friends, banding together to distribute donated food to the communities homeless and needy.
It’s devastating to see how many people rely upon the free food, and are equally hungry for a little human kindness, refugees to a failing system.
Now I am able to make the journey to the city every Saturday evening, week upon week, people are beginning to see ‘me’ and not the camera, trust enables, we get on first name terms and begin to share stories, begin to know one another. It’s my honour to document all the efforts of Karen, Dale, all the volunteers, and all the people that visit.
Karen : “We really see it as a way of enabling the community, any community not just ours, and helping together those around us. For everyone to have an opportunity to be proactive, to donate food, to help make the food, to help share it out, even if a donation is just a loaf of value bread it makes a hell of a difference, I can tell whomever made that donation ‘That loaf of bread you donated went on to help feed twelve people this evening!’ and it ends up making everyone feeling that little bit better about themselves and these days we can all do with a little of that!.”
"Please remember folks we run entirely on donations and if they are not coming in we are left funding things ourselves.
No matter how small the donation it really does make a huge difference and helps so many.
As well as feeding those less fortunate we also help with food hampers for people in the community that are struggling and help with essential items for those making the transition from street to home.
So, please if you can spare anything, we really do put it to good use and if you are struggling yourself get in contact and we will see how we can help.
Donations can be made here.
Thank you all for your continued support!.”