A Social Enterprise to Feed the Poor

Co-ordinated by Churches Together in Thailand

We want to take you on a journey.

Imagine that you are in Thailand and walking down the street, you see a noodle soup restaurant.

It’s decked out to the same standard as any of the best cafe’s, restaurants or coffee houses in town.

The restaurant is open-air with fans to help move the air and help with the COVID policies.

You are shown in by someone wearing a black apron and a big smile.

You sit down.  You look at the menu.

There is a special board which advertised one-off dishes which are not always available.

Prices are fair, but not cheap in comparison to street food outside or the market, but how can they be?  These folks have to pay for the overheads; restaurant, utilities and staff.

You are shown the self-serve Lime-water station whilst you wait. In fact, there are two of three of these around the restaurant.  You can have a cooling drink.

Your food and utensils are brought to you.

With the COVID pandemic, huge numbers of people suffering from the effects of poverty became commonplace in Pattaya and elsewhere.

Emergency ad-hoc handouts of simple food parcels have been generously provided to those who would otherwise starve.

Churches Together understands that although in light of the pandemic poverty and distress has been brought into sharp relief for all to see; in reality, it has always been there.  Those living lives of subsistence, those making choices in order to make money to feed their families or educate their children.

We want to create a permanent service that will feed those who are hungry today, end the cycle of poverty for tomorrow and work towards providing long-term solutions to the problems of those who will inevitably live as an underclass long after the immediate effects of the pandemic have passed.

The service we plan on developing will be built around a ‘noodle restaurant’ concept.

The restaurant will be appointed in a way that is very on-trend in terms of its design and decoration.

The restaurant will have a standard yet simple menu and all who pay for their meals will know that they have paid for an entire meal for a person who otherwise cannot afford one.

If someone can only contribute a part of the usual bill, that is fine too.

If someone has no money and cannot pay at all, then the volunteers, staff and management of the restaurant will rejoice that our purpose has been fulfilled.  A hungry person has been fed.

We are entirely aware that demand for this kind of service outstrips supply so we will need your help.

We will be relying on donations of two kinds:

  • cash
  • in kind

We will be relying on volunteers:

We will need people to help:

  • make food
  • serve food
  • clean dishes
  • clean eating places between customers.

We want other service providers to join us to do assessments for people in need where they come to eat and to signpost and refer our customers where appropriate into other services which exist in the community.