Hungry people queueing inTrafalgar Square
Hungry people queueing inTrafalgar Square

Julia Gregory reports:

“Hungry Londoners are flocking to Trafalgar Square each day to pick up food handouts from staff at the iconic St Martin-in-the-Fields, a vicar has revealed.

Reverend Richard Carter who is at the church’s The Connection centre on the edge of Trafalgar Square, says many of them are ‘desperate’ because they’ve lost their jobs and been driven into poverty by coronavirus.

“I have begun to see people who are not just coming for food, they are really hungry,” says Rev Carter. “As things get tougher people get more desperate.”

He is the associate vicar for the mission at St Martin-in-the-Fields – where clergy have been helping London’s homeless for generations. Because of the risks St Martin’s, like other charities, had to close its day centre during the pandemic and worked with Westminster Council to help find hotel accommodation for the borough’s street homeless.”

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