Published: 13 August, 2015
By DANIEL KRAMER
A FOOD charity is appealing to musicians and artists to help provide a million meals to Camden’s homeless next year.
Food For All – which drives food to drop-off points in Kentish Town, Camden Town and King’s Cross daily – celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
The charity is hoping to stage a Christmas fundraising gig following a rise in demand triggered by austerity cuts, according to director Peter “Para” O’Grady.
He said: “I’ve seen a distinct rise in homelessness in the past few years. An increasing number of single parents and elderly people are coming to us. Today, people often see homeless people as criminals. Where has the society of compassion gone?”
He added: “There are 1,000 meals going out each day. About 80 per cent of the recipients are regulars. Some of them have been coming for 20 years.”
Food For All has already benefited from some celebrity supporters, with guest list proceeds of a recent Libertines gig in Camden Town being donated to the charity. Its Matchless Gifts shop, in Caledonian Road, receives donations from celebrities such as Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) and actor Russell Brand.
To learn more about Food for All visit: http://foodforall.org.uk/