A FEW WORDS ABOUT US
Homelessness is a desolating issue that pervades every city in every country. There are many charities and shelters that work tirelessly towards helping those whose daily lives are most mired in hardship — though many have limited operating hours, which often results in services being unavailable during the evening and night, and they can also be very expensive to run, with costs running into the hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The immediate benefit of our vending machines is that they satiate hunger and provide nourishment to the most vulnerable members of society. They permit access to food and clothing free of charge at any hour — without requiring anyone to be left without aid outside the operating hours of the various charities and shelters that are available. Our machines are also very inexpensive and economical to run, as we don’t have the attendant costs of running a physical premises, and the automated nature of the machines supplant the need for many staff — a bank of volunteers manage the day-to-day operation. Furthermore, at a time when government cuts in funding for local councils has decimated lots of the resources available, and had debilitating effects on those services that do remain, our machines serve as a novel solution.
An important distinction is that Action Hunger is not seeking to supplant the incredible efforts of existing charities for the homeless that exist — we’re seeking to work in concert with them. While other organisations can offer empathy and human contact and counselling, all of which are key to breaking the cycle of homelessness, we solely provide unmanned vending machines. Our aim is to work alongside them, as a means for the homeless to access food and clothing 24/7 and, in doing so, ensuring that help is always available.
Stephen Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA
Dr. John Doddy (Chair)