Dozens queue for food outside Blackpool soup kitchen as devastating impact of Covid-19 takes its toll
February 18, 2021
Amazing Graze is trying desperately to keep up with ever-growing demands every Tuesday and Friday night.
Mental health problems, drug and alcohol addiction, unemployment and money woes have spiralled in the past year, and the Bolton Street soup kitchen is fighting to pick up the pieces.
Soup kitchen founder Mark Butcher said: “It has been a struggle. Everybody’s workload has increased because the team has gone down from 30 to a dozen, and we can’t accept any more volunteers at the moment because we’re all in our own support bubble.”
“We’re on a reduced team which means everyone has more work to do. The other side is that the number of people we serve each week has gone up. People are placed in emergency accommodation and expected to self-isolate, but they’ve got no food. It’s terrifying. It’s desperately lonely.”
The number of people attending the soup kitchen on Tuesday and Friday nights has more than doubled. Many of them are not homeless, but have fallen on hard times financially and are struggling to buy food.