This year marks the 20th year of StreetSmart, a campaign raising funds for homeless charities through restaurants nationally every November and December. The charity has raised over £8.2 million across two decades, through the simple idea of adding a voluntary £1 to diners’ bills throughout the festive months.
StreetSmart raised a staggering £587,000 in 2016 and in this anniversary year, will be building on this success with both long-standing supporters, as well as newcomers to the scheme. Restaurants such as The River Café, Ottolenghi, MEATliquor and Barrafina continue to pledge their support to the cause.
Ruth Rogers, co-founder of The River Café, says: “Homelessness is one of the big issues of our time. We’ve been doing StreetSmart since the beginning. It’s just kept growing and become a bit of a family tree amongst restaurateurs in London.”
Over 500 restaurants across the UK are currently lined up to participate in this year’s campaign with more yet to be announced ahead of launching on 1 November, including exciting newcomers like Anzu, Ikoyi and Luca in London, El gato negro in Manchester and Issho in Leeds.