Feedo Needo is a body of UKCAB charity organisation, charity registration number: 1153197.
Our charity was founded in 2006 and aims to be a community development non-profit organization that offers food and basic necessities to those in need amongst our local community. We offer contributions to all members of society and we offer free food between 9am and 2pm Monday to Friday pre COVID, regardless of race, gender, religion and ability, as this improves focus areas of our community and inspires compassion and love on a larger scale.
Our motivation is derived from the fact that more than a quarter of a million people are homeless in England (BBC). The figures show homelessness hotspots outside London, with high rates in Birmingham, Brighton and Luton. To continue with our organisational mission of reaching out to those needing support the most; and practicing “charity begins at home”, we started food distribution drive in Birmingham.
Our main focus is held at our Arabica café which feeds around 90 people everyday whether it be, tea/coffee and sandwiches via our takeaway service during COVID, or hot meals to be enjoyed while sitting inside our café as we offer company and moral support to our visitors. Although our doors are closed following government guidelines, we are still committed in our mission to serving the members of our community who need it the most as the demand for food amongst the neediest in Birmingham has become unquantifiable with many foodbanks unable to continue providing their services, however, we are proud to say that we remain open and striving in our mission to serve our community during such a challenging period.
The charity is also taking time to extend its services beyond the city Centre and delivering parcels of food supplies to hardworking NHS and care worker staff. Some health staff are working long hours due to the pandemic which often means they are unable to get to a shop and stock up on supplies, therefore, Feedo Needo has begun to donate food to these frontline workers as they are the true heroes among this pandemic and they too deserve recognition and appreciation from our services.
The Feedo Needo project will measure its success by providing a spreadsheet of daily attendees to the foodbank – this will be the basis for how many people we will need to provide for an average. We will also provide inventory lists to compare our supply and demand needs as our project will continue growing, along with the number of volunteers we attract – as this will provide evidence of our engagement within the larger community.
Logistically speaking, we will recruit volunteers who will be responsible for packing items, food distribution, serving tea/coffee to our customers and engaging with community members on a regular basis. The project manager will also supervise and oversee this distribution as well as, maintaining the paperwork required, training volunteers on health and safety regulations which will be followed in the café, drawing up inventory lists and managing the delivery/ collection of food donations, and overseeing the weekly distribution day collections (every Friday).
Our services have been duly recognised by the wider community as we continue to serve those that matter the most, our charity project Director, Abdullah Mushtaq, has been included on a list published by the Guardian titled ‘Happy list 2020: Heroes in a crisis’ , which helps give recognition and value to the hard work of 50 individuals serving our community during COVID. As the director of Feedo Needo, he was recoginsed for helping the homeless and vulnerable by providing hot meals and groceries through a collection only service when many other organisations could not do the same. The pandemic has created challenges for thousands across Birmingham among the homeless population specifically, however, the Feedo Needo volunteers and Abdullah have seen a rise in demand for food but have maintained their shared goal by extending charity hours to ensure everybody is take care of, including front line workers in the West Midlands ambulance service and Queen Elizabeth hospital with nutritious food parcels.
We aim to have an impact on the larger community who will benefit from our project through our guaranteed support of basic necessities such as food and toiletries, which we believe will serve the growing number of Birmingham’s homeless community of 20,000. Our services will not only support the most disadvantaged groups of society of providing free food, but it will also help with the mental and emotional challenges faced by such individuals during these trying times under COVID circumstances, where there is a shortage of help and support to the homeless community.
Many food banks have struggled to maintain their distribution services over the past year due to food shortage and government guidelines, however, our mission in serving the local community is too important for us to not continue contributing to. We have managed to keep our café services open by operating remotely with a takeaway service, this café service was conceived over a year ago and not only is it continuing to grow but we have also encouraged various other similar organisations to provide food contributions and eat in at their premises, this initiative has allowed for the larger community at heart to benefit from multiple food banks which began from the inception of our café.