In Spain a Restaurant that Charges the Rich and Feeds the Homeless for Free*
According to estimates, there are about 40,000 homeless people in Spain, but official figures put it at 23,000. Another 1.5 million families live in shelter.
A Spanish restaurant is turning the tables on poverty by charging its breakfast and lunch customers extra in order to feed homeless patrons at dinner for free.
Appropriately titled The Robin Hood Restaurant, after the fabled medieval outlaw who stole from the rich to give to the poor, the establishment is run by a priest who says he simply wants to give people the chance to “eat with…dignity.”
“I want (homeless people) to eat with the same dignity as any other customer,” Father Angel Garcia Rodriguez, 80, told NPR.
“And the same quality, with glasses made of crystal, not plastic, and in an atmosphere of friendship and conversation.”
The restaurant, which opened in December 2016, is in Madrid, and is reportedly a hit not only with its customers but with the hoards of celebrity-chefs and other personalities who frequent it. According to the broadcaster, it has managed to “poach staff from luxury hotels,” and celebrity chefs line up to cook weekly.
Its dinner menu features items like mushroom consommé, roast turkey and potatoes, and pudding.
Over 100 people in need attend the restaurant nightly, NPR reported, and they are looked after in two shifts. For paying customers, lunch is booked through the end March.
Padre Angel, as he is more commonly known, has also converted a nearby abandoned church into a community centRE where patrons can hang out, watch television or even sleep.
According to The Homesless Worldcup, a social organization that uses soccer to reach out and help homeless people around the world, estimates there are about 40,000 homeless people in Spain, though official figures put it at 23,000. Another 1.5 million families live in shelter, the organization estimates.
A different restaurant in the U.S., in south Los Angeles, does something similar by charging its patrons what they can afford or up to $4.50, Business Insider reported.