Action Hunger is committed to alleviating poverty and hardship amongst the homeless. We install vending machines that provide free food and clothing in key locations of cities across the United Kingdom — and beyond.
The machines dispense water, fresh fruit, energy bars, crisps, chocolate, and sandwiches, as well as socks, sanitary towels, antibacterial lotion, toothbrush and toothpaste combination packs, and books. As a considerable amount of the produce we vend is received from food redistribution organisations, we aim to simultaneously address two major social and environmental issues — homelessness and food waste.
Use of the machines is exclusively permitted to those in need, and items can only be vended with the use of a special key card, which our partner organisations in each locality are responsible for disseminating. In order to continue using the key cards, our users must check-in weekly at our partner organisations, as continued engagement with professionals and local support services is instrumental to breaking the cycle of homelessness.
At the most elementary level, Action Hunger's machines provide access for the most vulnerable in our society to satiate the most basic of needs — that of sustenance.
HOW WE WORK
Food is received from supermarkets, charities, and local shops with excess produce. We also purchase additional items such as socks and sanitary towels.
Volunteers distribute the food and items across our network of vending machines on a daily basis.
Those in need access the machines using a special key card.
The key cards are programmed to permit up to three items being vended per day. The preceding measure is designed to prevent singular dependency on our machines — we want our low-cost solution to complement other services that are available.