On the first weekend of December, Hungarian Maltese Charity Service and the Baptist Charity Service organised a food distribution, for which they invited homeless people from all around Budapest.
The two caritative organisations prepared 500-500 portions of warm food for 5th and 6th of December. Social workers promoted the occasion at all the possible forums and shelters for homeless people. Besides the institutions, people in need were also invited from the street.
Despite the grey and cloudy weather, hours before the beginning of the distribution, smaller groups of people gathered in front of the gate of the Centre of Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, where the event took place. After getting the portion of food, guests could choose a place to sit down inside or outside the tent at the yard of the centre.
While eating and talking, homeless people were offered hot tea by the young volunteers. People in need could feel (at least for a short time while sitting, eating and chatting) the „I’m doing fine now” moments, which are temporary, but at least we can catch them for a short time. They shared stories and life experience with each other and also the volunteers working on the spot.
The next day, after the food distribution one of the volunteers caught the satisfied sentences of two homeless people talking in the downtown of Budapest: „this stew was so great yesterday!”