Chip shop launches ‘chip for chips’ scheme to help the homeless

Chip shops launches 'chip for chips' scheme to help the homeless

Chip shop launches ‘chip for chips’ scheme to help the homeless

Goldenfry fish and chip shop has launched a new scheme to help feed the homeless this winter.

The Hull-based shop launched the ‘chip for chips’ scheme, allowing customers to purchase a £2 golden token which will be used to buy a meal and drink for rough sleepers and the homeless.

Michelle Rennison, who runs the restaurant with her husband John, said the scheme was proving popular with customers.

She told the BBC: “We get people coming in and buying five and six at a time and leaving them on the counter.

“We’re actually giving away more than £2-worth of food, but it’s helping the homeless and keeping them warm.”

The scheme was inspired by a similar scheme in Bristol seen by the shop owners.

Mrs Rennison said up to 20 people per week were taking up the offer of free meals and added that with the takeaway being located in the city centre there were a lot of rough sleepers on the streets nearby.

“If it’s a really cold day we will go out go and see them and ask them ‘do you want any hot food or any hot drinks?’,” she said.

“They absolutely love it. They are so, so, happy you know that somebody is doing something to actually help them.”

“Anything we can to help really. Because nobody should be cold and hungry in this climate and it’s bad enough with Covid with everybody not having any money.”

The couple said they planned to run the scheme throughout the year.

Recently the government announced a £28 million funding boost for its Protect and Vaccinate scheme to provide accommodation for rough sleepers in England.

Councils will join with charities to identify those who are sleeping rough and work with local housing associations or charities and hotels to provide accommodation.

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