Street Feeding

Weekend Breakfasts

1488834_275276855960900_2110529987_nWeekends can be a difficult and lonely time on the streets so early in 2014 we trialled providing early morning breakfast on Saturdays between 7.30-9.00 in Circus Street,Brighton. It quickly gained momentum and is aimed at supporting those who are either sleeping rough or inadequately housed( i.e have no access to cooking facilities.)

Due to the success on Saturday and also the demand we increased the service to include Sundays too. We currently feed between 30-40 men and women every day and they enjoy cereals, tea, coffee,soft drinks and most importantly Bacon and eggs sandwiches…sometimes they even get sausages and or burgers!!

Linda gets flowersCrossover is probably the only food run operated on a Sunday daytime(Excluding evening soup runs). Not having food over the weekends can prove dangerous, particularly for substance users, a Sunday morning Breakfast may just save a life!

PS Sometimes the cook gets flowers!!

Saturday’s At Six

P1000255Outside Safehaven’s school term-time only schedule, Crossover/SAS prior to April 2013 would prepare prepacked meals in the kitchens at St. Peters Church. These meals were individually packaged and then taken by van to be distributed amongst some 40-60 people located under the shelter of the old vegetable market in Circus Street.(Opposite the all night diner)

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However! From July 6th 2013 things were about to change permanently this time with an exciting, new and challenging dimension – Brighton’s first Street Kitchen!  Affectionately named Kitty!

If you want to be a part of a team and in particular have catering skills please email us on: david@crossoverbrighton.org

Kitty (Crossover’s Mobile Kitchen)

June 2013 saw the  purchase of  this Fully equipped mobile catering van ………..

A Trustee waiting for chips!

A Trustee waiting for chips!

 

It was necessary during June 2013 to collect the van from Manchester, drive it back to Brighton, and sign write as necessary with the now recognised 3:16 logos …some have Street Kitchen logo (1)asked why 3:16 and the answer is “God so Loved the World that He gave”….his best..we seek too to give the best we can!

The van was professionally overhauled before collection from the  Wilkinson’s Catering company and  once fitted out with cooking utensils was ready for it’s inaugural launch on 6th July 2013 . ….just coincidentally David’s 65th Birthday…… ! What a memorable party we had  approximately 80-100 friends from the street….. live music by Roger Crouch(Awesome guitarist!) , cakes and even a few presents !!

P1000273Since then we have continued to feed from “Kitty” –  menus have included  Jumbo Sausages , Cheeseburgers , Chicken fajitas , Ratatouille  and the now famous Higgidy pies ! Homemade cakes are often baked by local children, whilst  nibbles , fruit , ice creams,cheesecake and yoghurt accompany the meal.

Tea and Coffee flows incessantly of course!

The number of guests catered for have swelled massively so we  regularly have 100+ sitting or standing in St Peter’s Church car park from 5.30 -7.30 entertained by  local musicians who give up their Saturday nights to serve.P1000252

During the December 2013 and January 2014 months Kitty took to the streets again however due to adverse weather conditions a less exposed location was needed. We returned to the previous location in Circus Street under the cover of the Old Vegetable Market. It did mean that the live music was not possible but the guests still enjoyed the food and fellowship!One week the guests enjoyed Homemade Bread pudding made by David himself…..many still recite that it was the best they have ever had!!

P1000245Kitty BurgersHuge thanks must go to all who have so generously given financially and continue to, by way of individual gifts or sponsored events. A special mention of thanks must go to The Silver Lady Fund trustees who have made all this possible.