Food for Thought was launched in 2005 but can trace its roots back more than 30 years to a simple soup run. The pioneers were teachers, Patricia McCabe and Mary Harvey and pupils from Maidstone Girls’ Grammar School who were concerned about the welfare of homeless people in the town.
Today, the scheme operates out of Maidstone Day Centre where food donations are sorted into type and date, then used to feed the homeless and vulnerable people of Maidstone. Surplus is being shared between the Salvation Army, Lily Smith House and organisations helping vulnerable residents of Maidstone.
The food, particularly fresh produce, is also used in our kitchen at Maidstone Day Centre to provide delicious and nourishing meals for our clients; it is noticeable that the health of long term rough sleepers improves considerably after a few weeks of good food.
The success of Food for thought is largely due to the fact that we are a small, independent charity with no red tape so help is virtually immediate.