Helping with homeless hunger
In October 2020, the UK was entering a crucial phase of the nation’s fight against Coronavirus. As restrictions were tightening once more, Clarksons employees were working from home, in line with government guidance at the time.
Employees at our London office would ordinarily have eaten their way through 700 lunches per week. But given most were now working from home, we decided instead to begin donating the food to the Whitechapel Mission, a homeless shelter in Tower Hamlets, close to our London office.
The Whitechapel Mission is a charity that has been serving the homeless and marginalised for 144 years and they can see up to 300 people caught in the cycles of poverty and homelessness each day. The Mission partnered with City Harvest, a London-based charity which redistributes surplus food in a mission to ‘rescue food, people and the planet.’ This gave Clarksons the opportunity to donate surplus meals from our London HQ to the shelter. Each week we provided a daily donation of sandwiches and salads to those who need a meal. In this small way, we hope we were able to have a positive impact on reducing food poverty in London.
City Harvest said:
“We put surplus food to good use in a sustainable way by distributing it, for free, to 350+ charities, food banks, schools and community groups across every London borough that feed the growing number of people facing food poverty.”