Our vision is to play a unique role in the City’s efforts to meet the needs of homeless and vulnerable people.
Food is the vital first step in helping our Friends towards a better future. Without The People’s Kitchen many of our Friends would struggle to afford every day essentials, like a hot meal. We provide 40,000 hot meals a year, from our own premises at the Alison Centre in central Newcastle, and from our mobile kitchen which takes to the streets three times a week. Hot food, clean clothes and warm bedding are a lifeline to our most vulnerable visitors, many of whom suffer from mental illness, physical disability, drug and alcohol misuse, or are rough sleepers. Our own kitchen is fuelled through the help and support of others. We rely heavily on food donations, and without the help of both local and regional schools through their Harvest Festival donations, as well as large donators such as Greggs, we would not be able to continue to produce the number of meals that we do. We are also growing our own produce at our allotment on Nun’s Moor in Newcastle. Both volunteers and Friends work together on site to produce a sustainable and nutritional supplement to our food donations.