Our expert staff, passionate volunteers and world class chefs work together with surplus food and a beautiful welcoming space to create an extremely high-quality experience for homeless and socially isolated people. A community of some 1,000 individuals each year know that they can feel uniquely at home and cared for when they’re here.
As a result, our guests:
In the U.K. an estimated 320,000 are without a home, living on the streets or in temporary housing conditions. We endeavour to provide a safe haven for people who lack the comforts of a domestic space, opening not only spaces to relax, but also to shower, wash clothing, and store bags. These services are sorely needed by those experiencing housing insecurity.
Some 8.4 million (12%) of adults living in UK households reported having insufficient food. One in four low-income families struggles to eat regularly. At Refettorio Felix, we ensure we are offering balanced and nutritious meals that will help our guests build strength and resilience to face the adversities of daily life. Alongside meals, we offer nutrition advice to arm our guests with the knowledge to make better food choices even on a low budget.
Our society can often divide us — by race, class, culture or education. But when we share a meal, something extraordinary happens. Gathered around a table together, we all become equals. By providing a community meal from surplus ingredients, our aim is not only to provide sustenance but also to use food as a tool to fight isolation on a wider scale.
In the UK alone, roughly 10 million tonnes of food are wasted every year. In 2015, UK households binned £13 billion worth of food that was perfectly edible. Our daily changing menu demonstrates the value of discarded food as we experiment in inventive ways to use every last ounce of our surplus donations.
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