Welcome To Tracy's Street Kitchen
Homelessness is more than just a question of where you’re going to sleep at night. It’s about also being ‘off the radar’ in terms of health, safety and financial support. And whilst a number of national charities work tirelessly to provide shelter for people sleeping rough, sometimes it’s down to local people to help too.
Nottingham has over 200 people sleeping on the streets every night. What we do is simple - once a week we provide good quality, nutritional food and a friendly face. We are committed to keeping it local, keeping it effective and keeping it genuine.
In 1981 Tracy found herself sleeping rough on the streets of Nottingham. Just 14 years old, she was extremely vulnerable to acts of violence and theft from other rough sleepers as well as the public, who unfortunately see homeless people as fair game for aggressive and abusive behaviours.
Over time, Tracy managed to gain employment initially as an Office Junior and found somewhere to live, turning her life around and becoming part of a community again. But she never forgot the trauma and despair of those she met whilst sleeping rough and so in 2016 she set up Tracy's Street Kitchen.
Once a week, Tracy would turn up at Trinity Square and hand out a choice of healthy and nutritious food to those who needed it. No questions asked, just a smile and a friendly face to let people know they hadn’t become invisible. Over time, Tracy’s work was supported by a growing band of volunteers who gave their evening up to help serve donated food and drinks.
As the kitchen has grown over the last few years numbers have grown from 60 to approx. 150-175 people per week. We have gained support from some local food manufacturers and our volunteers are better trained to deal with some of the issues faced by these rough sleepers.
How Can I Help?
You can help Tracy's Street Kitchen by giving your time, your talent or your treasure.
We are always looking for volunteers to help out on Friday evenings - a regular commitment is all we ask for.
Whether it’s preparing the food beforehand or distributing it to the rough sleepers, a couple of hours can make the world of difference.
Are you a fabulous kitchen diva who can make ordinary food look and taste extra special? Or are you able to offer a few hours of admin support each week to help our office out? Maybe you are a corporate mover and shaker who knows how to open doors for us with organisations that could provide us with food? Let us know what you excel at - and how you can help.
Money talks. We can buy food, drinks and other essential items that are distributed directly to those who need them most. With no paid staff at the organisation, you can be assured that your donation will be highly effective. Consider a small monthly donation which allows for regular, predictable planning by us - or maybe nominate us as your chosen organisation to celebrate a special occasion.