More are being planned for the US and the UK in 2018!
Using a key card, any homeless person in need can access the machines up to three times a day. The much-needed essentials include water, socks, sanitary towels, food, and other toiletries. The machines themselves are stocked by volunteers, but, according to their website, “a considerable amount of food we vend is received from redistribution organizations seeking to reduce food waste.”
An important benefit of this approach is that those in need are able to access these necessities at any hour, without being limited by the operating hours of local shelters.
These vending machines are already providing many vulnerable people with basic needs, and hopefully we’ll be able in the U.S. next year as well.