York Food and Drinks Festival returns this year, with people indulging in flavours from a wide variety countries, continents and periods, all centred around York’s taste offerings. It is a time where people gather and celebrate the local, the new, the traditional and in this years theme, the science behind our culinary favourites. And in a time where people treat their taste buds, one organisation is looking to attract the good-willed.
Food is a staple, often so unconsciously consumed, until there is none. In a plight to feed those unable to do so themselves, Carecent will be at the Food and Drinks Festival on Monday looking to restock their shelves.
Carecent is a breakfast centre for the homeless, unemployed and disadvantaged members of the York community. Open Monday to Saturday mornings every week, including Bank Holidays and Christmas Day, their volunteers provide food, clothing and toiletries to those in need. Beyond diminishing hunger, Carecent are there to help move people forward to a better future, often working with professional agencies who can offer help when it comes to housing issues, and substance related problems. By opening a door, providing a hot plate of food and a friendly ear to listen Carecent are there to pick people up, and support those back onto track.
Unlike many charity organisations Carecent rely completely on the good-will of the community, receiving no formal funding. Each year Harvest, and the Food Festival mark the time of their annual appeal, looking to those who can help donate food, clothing or toiletries and help them to restock for another year. “We are immensely grateful to all of the individuals, schools, churches and other organisations whose generosity enables us to keep on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of our society. “ stated Carecent, “Last year we were overwhelmed by the generous donations we received and it would be wonderful to be able to say the same this year!”
For those wanting to help and donate to Carcent you will be able to find them at the York Food and Drinks Festival on Monday 23 September, where you can find out more information on what they need and how to donate.