HOMELESS charity, Feedo Needo, is today celebrating winning the Humanitarian Award in the Charity Today Awards 2021.
Their success comes after impressing the judges enough to reach the final two of the category. In the final, a public vote, they were up against R;pple, a charity that aims to minimise the risks of the internet, while harnessing its potential for good.
Feedo Needo picked up 55.6% of the votes to win the public vote.
The Charity Today Awards are prestigious national awards with a long history of recognising excellence throughout the nation’s charity sector.
Every year, ten categories open to receive nominations from charities, community groups and individuals.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s awards (2021/22) are online.
While the last twelve to eighteen months have been difficult for many, few have been impacted more than the charity sector. But that does not mean the industry has been without its heroes.
Charity Today Executive Editor Lee Rayment said:
“Many congratulations Feedo Needo! We are delighted that their hard work continues to be recognised in this way. Some great people, doing great things to help others.
“Alice Hendy and all involved with R;pple deserve a lot of praise for the changes they are trying to implement. A very deserving finalist.”
Humanitarian Award winners, Feedo Needo, is a project to support those experiencing homelessness, set up by The UK Curriculum and Accreditation Body (UKCAB). The project helps to provide communities with free food parcels, daily essentials, and mental health support.
The charity has branches in Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester, and London where it distributes essential food parcels to local communities. Feedo Needo takes a multi-faceted approach to those who are most vulnerable and strives to constantly improve the quality of people’s lives in those cities – with hopes of expanding further to help even more people in the future.
The impact of the pandemic is still being felt across the nation, with food parcels continuing to be an essential lifeline for many. In just six months, Feedo Needo served more than 13,500 people in Birmingham and following the demand the charity recently opened a branch in Manchester. Within four weeks the charity helped 275 people in Manchester while distributing 300 food parcels to their patrons there.
One of the regular visitors at Feedo Needo, who wishes to remain anonymous, explains how the charity has helped her personally: “I love the friendly atmosphere here. The staff are always lovely, and we talk for so long, it gets me out the house. I can’t walk very far without my walking stick so it’s nice I get to sit in here and talk to everyone, that way I’m not lonely.”
Feedo Needo is visited by a range of age groups, often including elderly people who live alone so not only does the food bank help provide daily essentials, but it provides a social lifeline for those who do not have the opportunity to socialise often.
During lockdown, Feedo Needo had to shut their café, however, they continued their food distribution service every week on a collection serviced basis only – allowing regular customers to still receive essentials. Many visitors to the food bank found that Feedo Needo was the only food bank or community organisation that remained open during lockdown.
The charities staff and volunteers are available anytime between 9am – 6pm every weekday for support, information, and a friendly chat. Lots of the visitors live alone and admitted to going months without speaking to a friend, family member or neighbour. This is a pattern that is, unfortunately, becoming increasingly common in the UK and Feedo Needo is determined to tackle this issue in a strive to continue improving the quality of people’s lives.