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Feeding an Army

December 01 2021
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The People’s Army, founded in 2020, has provided meals and support to countless people in the past year and a half. Founder Hazel talks about the progress and plans for the future of the organisation.

No one should have to go hungry in 2021. When I had experienced homelessness in the past there were hardly any places to access food, but now more people are recognising there is a need to help the most vulnerable people in our society. I spoke with Hazel about The People’s Army and the work they do feeding the local community in London. 

Why did you set up The People's Army?
The People's Army was started originally to help people in need who suffer with mental health issues, mobility limitations or homelessness. We wanted to create a group of like-minded people who could aid individuals who have no support network. Even after the lockdowns are over and the pandemic is finished, The People's Army plan to continue with providing food weekly to anyone in need and sustain our principle of zero food waste.

What services do you provide?
We mostly help with food aid but help people as individuals where possible. Every Monday we have a surplus food market. It is a safe space as well for people to hang out, with emergency food parcels and clothing through the week. We take down your information to help you with these requests.

Where are you located?
We run our meals on wheels on Wednesdays from 5pm – 7pm. 1st Wednesday of the month: Goodge Street at Whitfield Gardens 3rd Wednesday of the month: Highbury and Islington Station.

The other two Wednesdays we are looking at new locations but we need more volunteers at the moment. With more volunteers we can provide on the streets the other two Wednesdays.

Do you also run a foodbank?
We do a weekly session at the Jago, which is a live music venue, but we use it for our foodbank:
440 Kingsland Road
Dalston
Hackney
E8 4AA

Monday: 12pm – 4pm

Do you need foodbank vouchers issued to access food from the foodbank?
We do not ask for vouchers at the foodbank, or at any of our services. You can just show up and let us know how we can help you.

Do you have any plans for expansion?
I am thinking of using the Jago as a clothing outreach but I need to find someone who wants to get involved to bring clothes there as we have no storage space, so we need someone to collect weekly and help to transport the donations to make this happen. We are looking for a venue with a kitchen and storage with a community space. We cannot offer any money but we are giving back to the community and we always offer to help their community as well so we can help each other out.

       For more information, or to enquire about volunteering with
       The People's Army:

  • Email: thepeoplesarmy@hotmail.com
  • Instagram: @thepeoplesarmyldn
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