Washington community hub Mickey's place feeds over 150 people a day as it opens pay-as-you-feel cafe to support families during lockdown

A new pay-as-you-feel ‘cafe’ has been feeding around 160 vulnerable people every day as it supports the community through the coronavirus crisis.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 6:00 am
Volunteers at Mickey's place, Washington

Mickey’s Place, based at St Michael's Church in Sulgrave, opened at the beginning of May after seeing how many people were struggling during the coronavirus lockdown.

Since then, a group of volunteers have been feeding more than 150 people a day and offering support to people struggling in the community.

Running as a takeaway food service, the volunteers have been helping residents who needed more than just a food package, providing them with hot meals, advice and support.

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Volunteers at Mickey's place, Washington

Volunteer Ruth Bell, 54, said: “Mickey’s Place is much more than a food bank, we are a pay-as-you-feel community café, and community hub. Our vision is to create a more vibrant, healthy, and economically strong community where nobody has to go hungry and nobody has to feel lonely.

“It’s vitally important to look after each other, particularly at a time like this. We wanted to offer more than just a food parcel.”

The community reaction to the hub has been extremely positive, with a number of people offering their help and support.

During lockdown, Mickey’s Place has been working with Sunderland Foodbank, Wear Recovery, Headway Wearside and Gentoo to support financially struggling residents.

Volunteers at Mickey's place, Washington

In the long term, Mickey’s place hopes to be able to help people in a number of different ways, including with budget and diet planning.

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