Lunchtime soup kitchen for the homeless set up in Whitechapel by Muslim Aid charity
PUBLISHED: 12:15 12 January 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 12 January 2017
Volunteers are running a soup kitchen at lunchtime today to help feed and clothe the homeless in London's East End.
Members of the Muslim Aid charity are setting up the kitchen with a clothing hand-out stall at Whitechapel’s Altab Ali Park from 1.30pm.
Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs is meeting them to see how their ‘Warm Hearts’ winter campaign is being run.
The volunteers received donations of food and clothing from the public when they sent up as collection point (pictured) outside the East London Mosque further along the Whitechapel Road before Christmas.
They are handing out hot meals today to 100 homeless people, many of whom sleep rough in the park and the neighbouring streets.
Some, they fear, might not survive the winter months, with an average 30,000 men and women dying in Britain each winter due to the cold. There is snow forecast later today.
The soup kitchen run is part of the annual campaign by Muslim Aid to help the elderly and homeless through the winter, by providing ‘keep warm’ rucksack kits full of essentials and supporting local food banks as a lifeline to struggling families.