Our Impact

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.

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:

  • Know that they can leave here fed, clothed and clean.
  • Know that they have a family at St Cuthbert’s Centre.
  • Know that they have support in finding jobs, homes, and access to necessary healthcare.

 

Homelessness

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.

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Food Poverty

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.

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Social Inclusion

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.

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Food Waste

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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I’ve been pretty solitary the last ten years. Here, I’ve met people, got to know diners… people have opened up more and seem more conversational. It really has created a buzz and sense of community spirit.

Guest at Refettorio Felix
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Over our first year of running the Refettorio Felix @ St. Cuthbert's Centre, we accomplished the following:

  • food_recovery

    18,000kg

    of recovered rood

  • chefs

    62

    Guest Chefs

  • disces

    16,630

    Meals served

  • volunteer

    1,480

    Volunteers sessions

When I lost my job, I was so embarrassed to come here. When you are on your uppers, and someone comes and serves you food, it’s good for the soul. It gives you hope for the future.

Guest at Refettorio Felix
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