Catford Soup Kitchen
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Catford Soup Kitchen

The Soup Kitchen was launched in May 2017 after the UCKG HelpCentre opened up its kitchen for one day during the Christmas period and realised there was a huge need for free meals in Catford.

The Soup Kitchen was launched in May 2017 after the UCKG HelpCentre opened up its kitchen for one day during the Christmas period and realised there was a huge need for free meals in Catford.

The Soup Kitchen is run on Saturdays from 11-2pm and provides soup, bread and light refreshments to anyone in need. The Soup Kitchen not only receives homeless people but also people living in temporary accommodation, on low wages, young people and those who are looking for company and somewhere to keep warm.

Anyone in the local area who is experiencing food deprivation for any reason or who is homlesss is most welcome to come along and enjoy a light meal of soup and bread, pasta, tea and coffee and snacks.

The Soup Kitchen, a Community Outreach initiative of the UCKG HelpCentre in Catford, initially started by volunteers and members of the church funding the project themselves when they successfully ran for one day during Christmas Week 2016. As time went on this became difficult to keep up with demand, so they contacted the Local Lidl and Greggs who donated their unsold food to the cause.

“We then worked with FareShare who linked us up with our local Tesco who also gave us their unsold food. This has helped us develop important links in the community and has kept The Soup Kitchen running.
The daily organisation and collection of unsold food would never have been possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers.”

Kim Powell, who oversees the running of the Soup Kitchen said, “It can be quite surprising who turns up hungry, based on our experience the last time around. People are not necessarily homeless to be short of enough to eat. They can include working families who are not quite making ends meet as well as  those withou anywhere to call home. But whoever turns up, young or old, we will feed them, no questions asked and no means test.”

Volunteers of the Catford Soup Kitchen are on the look out for continual donations and would be most grateful for gifts of non perishable foods such as tea, coffee, breakfast bars, long life or tinned milk, crisps, biscuits, etc.

These can be dropped off at the UCKG Centre in Catford any day of the week.
 
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