A Lincoln man has teamed up with local restaurants to feed homeless people this winter, using food they would normally have thrown in the bin.
Lincoln businesses Browns Pie Shop and Ole Ole Tapas Bar have signed up to John-Jo Cafferkey’s scheme for businesses to come together to feed people sleeping rough in Lincoln.
26-year-old John-Jo, along with a number of volunteers he has recruited, will be gathering outside The Curiosity Shop – formerly Kind bar- at the top of Lincoln High Street with soup for homeless people on Friday, December 22 at 8pm.
John-Jo then hopes the run this as a weekly occasion with the restaurants, and has urged people to also donate their old warm clothes this festive period.
John-Jo, said: “It’s an idea that I had about the problem with homelessness. It came about through a conversation about the issue with Brown Pie Shop owner Danny Gill.
“I felt that I needed to sort this, just like many others do.
“In the last couple of years I understand it’s gone up in Lincolnshire by 130%, and we have more homeless people per square mile than London, so it’s a real issue.”
John-Jo currently works as a mental health support worker for Bespoke Health Care, who have also offered to help in this scheme.
“I want to feed, help and clothe as many people as we can.
“We have a message and a point that this is zero profit and zero cost as not one extra penny has been spent on this.
“It’s about a care sector and restaurant businesses coming together every Wednesday.
“Just drop anything you can offer in. Food we’re oaky with but cups, bowls and spoons or anything anyone can get hold of would be appreciated.”
If you would like to donate, you can email John-Jo directly at [email protected] or drop any donations off to 43, Redwood Drive, Waddington, Lincoln LN5 9BN.