Food provision at Emmanuel House Support Centre – Summer 2021

We are happy to be re-opening Emmanuel House as we start to provide hot meals for our beneficiaries again, after more than a year of not being able to have communal eating in our support centre.

In March 2020, we had to close our kitchen doors and stop cooking for the beneficiaries who access our drop-in centre. Since then, we’ve been providing take-away packed lunches and breakfasts, as well as cooking meals for the shelter, which has been operating at a local hotel.

Hot meals will now be served to people who are homeless, rough sleeping, in crisis or have ‘no recourse to public funds’ (those with restricted access to mainstream housing, welfare benefits or employment opportunities).

The meals are available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.

The meals will be cooked by a dedicated group of volunteers and supervised by a member of staff.

Our priority, amidst delivering our services, is still to reduce the risk of staff, service users and volunteers from becoming ill, as well as ensuring their welfare.

The lockdown has certainly presented us with some significant challenges, but despite this, we continue to do everything we can to prevent people becoming homeless and to support those who are homeless into accommodation.

We are offering lateral flow tests to staff, volunteers and service users, ensuring everyone wears a mask inside, maintaining social distancing and regularly sanitising hands.

How you can help us provide food for those who are homeless in Nottingham:

Apply to volunteer in the kitchen.

Donate food that we’ll use to cook the hot meals:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Chocolate Swiss roll
  • Fruit pots
  • Gravy granules 
  • Jam roll poly
  • Jars of cooking sauces (pasta, curry etc.)
  • Multipacks of bottled water, fruit juice or soft drinks
  • Sponge puddings (individual)
  • Tinned custard
  • Tinned minced beef and onions
  • Tinned potatoes
  • Tinned stewing steak
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Tinned tuna

Order them through our Amazon Wishlist.

Make your own supermarket order and get it delivered to Emmanuel House (email rosie.needhamsmith@emmanuelhouse.org.uk to arrange).

Buy the above food items and drop them off at the centre yourself (Monday – Friday 9:30am-4:30pm).

Please note these photos were taken prior to the pandemic – all staff and volunteers now wear masks in the centre and adhere to social distancing rules.