One Launceston cafe is offering refuge for the homeless population from the bitterly cold winter nights by offering a free feed once a week.
The Green Bean Cafe, located at 113 Cimitiere Street and co-owned by husband Paul Giddins and wife Tracey Clarey, is offering a free meal to the homeless on Wednesday nights between 6pm to 8pm.
Opting to provide warm and nutritious meals, the cafe will be serving 50 meals including the likes of roast chicken and pork for weekly event.
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Mr Giddins said that it would be people power rather than government intervention which would be most helpful in helping out the homeless as winter approached.
"I don't believe it is the responsibility of the council or the government, I believe it is the responsibility of the people, it's our responsibility, it's our responsibility to put our hand out and say 'hey we're here'" he said.
Mr Giddins said that the event was his way of playing a small part in the battle against homelessness.
"The homeless in Launceston is at peak at the moment, they're everywhere and it is so sad and look, it's two hours of my time but at least they can something to eat and to be warm, just be happy that's all I ask," he said.
"They can eat it here or take it away, they can stay warm, watch a bit of [television], have a bit of a chat."
Mr Giddins said he and Tracey had tried a similar concept in Melbourne previously and felt that the homeless community would benefit from the offering.
"We were in Brighton and there's not so much of a big homeless presence there, they're more integrated in the city ... you see them [in Launceston] and they're curled up in alcoves and doors and you just think 'poor buggers' you know, they don't deserve this," he said.
"I had a couple here Saturday when it was raining ... I gave them a couple of egg and bacon toasties and got them warm ... what does a toastie cost? a dollar?"
"It's not about the cost or me feeling good, it's that we need to care for each other especially now with this pandemic stuff going on."
The meal is available at the Green Bean Cafe located inside 113 Cimitiere Street between 6pm and 8pm on Wednesday evenings.
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