Volunteers of a charitable Watford café have been continuing to safely feed the homeless and vulnerable during the pandemic.
Annette Kelly, from Radlett, organises ‘Free Food Mondays’ at the GoKula Vegetarian Café in Market Street, with the help of fellow volunteers.
The café, which is owned by charity Food For All, had been hosting Free Food Mondays for homeless people since well before the pandemic began, where people who needed food could come to the café for the day and be waited on and served as a regular customer without having to pay.
Instead of cancelling the day when the pandemic began, Annette and her team decided to give homeless and vulnerable people a free meal every Monday and Thursday from 11am to 3pm – the café respects social distancing procedures as they prepare and hand out the meals.
GoKula volunteer, Beth, said: “Poverty was obviously a huge issue before the pandemic; but since that began, we’ve seen huge demand for our services, and people definitely seem worse off now than they did before.
“The service we’re providing has definitely been needed and we plan on carrying on for as long as possible. One problem we’ve got is that our food bank has taken a big hit since the pandemic started – we’re struggling to get donations in and we really need them.”
The café is also in need of funding to keep its good work going. To donate dry food or ingredients, message their Facebook page.
To donate money to their cause go to justgiving.com/campaign/foodforall – please write WATFORD PROJECT when donating.