Streetsmart's annual campaign urges restaurant diners to help feed the homeless

Streetsmart's annual campaign urges restaurant diners to help feed the homeless

£1 added to restaurant bills over Christmas raises money for local charities

The List is pleased once again to be lending its support to Streetsmart Scotland, the initiative which encourages restaurant diners to add a voluntary £1 donation to their restaurant bills over December in aid of local homeless charities.

Now in its twelfth year operating in Scotland, nearly 100 restaurants in Edinburgh, Glasgow and elsewhere in Scotland participate in the scheme. in 2011 some £23,000 was raised and channelled directly to local charities working to feed, clothe, house and inspire the homeless in Scotland. Among those benefitting from Streetsmart's campaign are The Cyrenians, Rock Trust, St Catherines Convent and Dean and Cauvin Trust.

Many of Scotland's top chefs lend their support to the Christmas campaign, among them Andrew Fairlie, whose eponymous restaurant at Gleneagles recently topped the Sunday Times UK Food List. Scotland's only two-star Michelin chef was keen to emphasise that Streetsmart 'is a simple, effective and meaningful way of supporting those who live without some of the most basic necessities this winter.' He added that the supplement of a small donation to a restaurant bill showed 'a little human kindness' at Christmas, and suggested there was no better way to demonstrate it than by 'providing food and shelter for someone without'.

Look out for table cards indicating the participation of restaurants in the scheme. To sign up for the scheme, make a donation or find out more information, go to or contact Martin Irons, StreetSmart Scotland Campaign Manager, on 07896 181985 or