Solomon started giving food to the homeless at the age of 12 and set up Brixton Soup Kitchen in 2013 to help serve people in his local community.
What’s BSK all about and why did you start it?
We help homeless people and Londoners in need by providing free food, support and company. We do so much more than just providing meals; we provide CV workshops, job guidance and advice on housing and benefits. It’s a simple idea – we want to empower people in a warm and friendly environment and help them gain the confidence and self-worth needed to get back on their feet.
What’s the most rewarding thing about doing what you’re doing?
Every day we get people saying “why are you doing this and not getting paid?” But there’s some type of feeling I get that feels so amazing when someone comes up to me on the street and they say “you have change my life.”
What have you struggled most with on your journey?
Funding support, and we find it very hard to keep staff so we have to rely on volunteers. That can be tough because obviously volunteers need to go to work too so we sometimes end up losing good people.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be and why?
It will have to be real Jerk Chicken!