BUDAPEST BIKE MAFFIA @ www.europarl.europa.eu 2020
“Our experience tells us that we must be prepared for more and more people to end up homeless”
The Budapest Bike Maffia have been heroes to the city’s homeless since 2011. Their volunteers distribute food, provide schooling programmes, maintain a community garden, and even give photography classes to those in need. COVID-19’s new normal called for the Maffia to engage in new actions. “We call it VitaminBoom", says Ildi. “We deliver multivitamin doses, fruits, juice, long lasting food, hot dishes and water to elderly, homeless and residential care institutions. We focus on seniors or patients with a weak immune system. We also provide masks, detergent or rubber gloves". Mother’s Day was particularly important for the group, with 400 packages delivered to mothers and grandmothers. With people losing jobs and admittance to shelters closed until further notice, the Bike Maffia expects the number of homeless people to grow. But one thing is certain: they’ll do everything they can to help.