This isn’t just any vending machine – this may be the UK’s first vending machine designed specifically for the homeless.
The machine, which is set to open in Nottingham at the start of December, will be stocked with fresh fruit, sandwiches, clean socks, books, lotion, sanitary towels, toothpaste, and other essentials.
UK charity Action Hunger will be working alongside the Friary, a surplus grocery food charity, to hand out 100 specially designed keycards to the city’s priority homeless population. Homeless individuals are only allowed to use the keycards up to three times a day in order to prevent abuse of the machine’s inventory.
Additionally, they will have to check in with the Friary once a week in order to keep using the cards. The chips within the keycard can be deactivated if they are lost or stolen.
Depending on the machine’s success, Action Hunger hopes to install several more of the vending machines in Manchester, London, and Birmingham during the coming months, according to the Nottingham Post.
The British news outlet says that the Friary will be providing half of the machine’s inventory alongside Action Hunger.
Hopefully, the machine will have a two-pronged effect: it will provide the homeless with 24 hour resources, and put them in more consistent contact with charities that can help them get back on their feet.
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