Stephen Hawking fed the hungry for Easter as a final gift.
50 people in need were able to eat a hot meal over Easter as a “gift from Stephen.” On the day of Hawking’s funeral, his family made a donation to FoodCycle, a food waste charity based in Cambridge, UK that provides meals and conversation to the hungry or lonely.
Regional Manager Alex Collis stated, “Lucy Hawking contacted me and mentioned that the family would like to make a donation so that, while the funeral was taking place, people would be sitting down to a hot meal ‘on Stephen.’ It was a really kind gesture that I think fitted will with the sympathy Professor Hawking felt for people who were having a tough time of things.”
FoodCycle has 37 branches across the UK and is open to anyone who needs a free meal. Unlike some food banks, the charity doesn’t use a referral or voucher system, so guests don’t need to “prove” that they are in need. Many of its guests include the elderly, homeless people, and families going through tough times.
Hawking was involved in other charities throughout his life like the SOS Children’s Villages and the Stephen Hawking Foundation, which supported research into cosmology, astrophysics, and fundamental particle physics.