While the food is part of what we're doing, from day one it’s really been about the conversation and sense of respect we share with others. Everyone has so much to give, and Eddie's Meals has brought people together from all walks of life.
Being part of something bigger than yourself – having a sense of togetherness – is so important. Supporting people and sharing stories and experiences is what builds strong communities. Over time, many of our regulars have formed their own support networks within the group. There's a real sense of joy in the room – it's an incredible thing to be a part of.
On top of that, we know that fostering these connections can be good for people’s health. Research has demonstrated the link between social isolation and anxiety and depression. By creating ties to the local community, we can help to reduce reducing these negative health outcomes. Eddie’s Meals doesn’t just help us to feel good – it does good as well.