Pandemic Pizza join Farm Street volunteers in Trafalgar Square to feed the homeless
27 May 2020
Volunteers from Farm Street and other London Catholic Churches have teamed up with Pandemic Pizza to provide homemade pizza, refreshments, fresh fruit and shower referrals to homeless people in London’s Trafalgar Square. The new, innovative partnership, set up today beside the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, is supporting some of the city’s most vulnerable people during the pandemic.
The Trafalgar Square Refreshment Hub was set up earlier this month by Farm Street volunteers led by Parishioner Anthony Doran together with a wide array of partners including volunteers from Holy Apostles Pimlico, Westminster Cathedral and Holy Redeemer Chelsea alongside Westminster City Council, Metropolitan Police and Caritas Westminster. The project is now on site seven days a week with the Thursday and Friday service provided by Sikh charity Nishkam SWAT. The project has been serving up to 200 homeless people a day with snacks, cookies, hot and cold drinks and fresh fruit with the support of local businesses. The project, which maintains socially-distanced queues, also partners with the London Jesus Centre to offer access to free showers and laundry services for homeless people.
Started by students Alfie Fletcher, his sister Amber and girlfriend Allegra Della Ragione, Pandemic Pizza is offering free homemade Neapolitan pizzas to homeless people and frontline workers. With a mobile wood-fired pizza oven, the team have been attracting the attention of the public and media making hundreds of pizzas with stop-offs around the UK to help during the pandemic. Recently, the team provided 130 pizzas to frontline workers at London’s Royal Brompton Hospital.
For Anthony Doran, the Trafalgar Square project is meeting a real need: “The coronavirus pandemic has made existing difficulties for the most vulnerable in London even worse. While many homeless people have been given temporary accommodation, a large number - some newly homeless - are still living on the streets. Those living in accommodation aren’t always provided with meals. It’s exciting to partner with Alfie and his team at Pandemic Pizza. They’re doing great work offering high quality fresh homemade pizzas to homeless people and frontline workers. Their efforts complement our ongoing support to London’s homeless through the Central London Catholic Churches (CLCC) Trafalgar Square Refreshment Hub. We’re hoping to continue collaborating in the coming weeks”.
Fr Dominic Robinson, Chair of Justice & Peace in the Diocese of Westminster and Parish Priest at Farm Street, said “Huge thanks to Alfie and all at Pandemic Pizza for such a fantastic gift today to our homeless guests. I’m sure our fantastic team of volunteers are so grateful too. This crisis is truly bringing out the best in so many wanting to look out for the poorest in society. Mille grazie e coraggio!”