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Local delivery service caters to London's LGBTQ community

If you've got a pride or trans flag flying in your window, you may be wary of having someone deliver food to your doorstep. That's according to Alicia Samuel, the organizer behind the new Food for Queers program in London.

Food for Queers provides a comfortable option for the gay and trans community

Packaged meals are ready for delivery as part of the Food for Queers program. (Alicia Samuel/Submitted)

If you've got a pride or trans flag flying in your window, you may be wary of having someone deliver food to your doorstep. That's according to Alicia Samuel, the organizer behind the new Food for Queers program. 

"Homophobia and transphobia don't disappear in the middle of a pandemic," Samuel explained. 

Samuel said people are relying more on food deliveries these days and that can be problematic for people in the LGBTQ community. 

"Often times, you have strange people dropping off food," she said. "With that increased need for folks knowing your address, you don't really know who's showing up."

A thoughtful message is included inside a delivery from Food for Queers. (Alicia Samuel/Submitted)

That's what inspired Food for Queers, launched in May by the organization Queer Events, which now sees about 100 meals delivered to people in London's LGBTQ community each week. The meals are mostly prepared in collaboration with the London Convention Centre and the London Food Bank.

"It's a program that allows folks within the LGBTQ2+ community who live in London to sign up to have a free meal delivered in a safe, no contact way," Samuel said.

Plus, she added, all the meals are delivered by someone in the LGBTQ community. 

"Were going to try to keep this going for as long as we possibly can and we're hoping the community can pull together to help us keep this running."

London's Alicia Samuels tells London Morning about filling the need to feed her own community with a program called Food for Queers. 6:33

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