Catford Soup Kitchen hosts its first Christmas Day lunch

members of the community, UCKG HelpCentre,

The Catford Soup Kitchen hosted its first Christmas Day lunch for 20 local homeless people as well as 2 families with children.

Volunteers spent most of the night preparing and cooking foods donated by its volunteers and members of the UCKG HelpCentre, as well as Waitrose, Lidl, Coop, Greggs, Tesco Fareshare and Cordel restaurant who supplied everyone with hot soup.

Big Red Box also donated 30 food boxes to give to those who attended.

The Catford Soup Kitchen would especially like to thank Hope Church who allowed them to use their kitchen to prepare and cook this year’s Christmas lunch including 13 turkeys donated by Waitrose as well as tables and chairs.

Kim Powell who oversees the running of the Soup Kitchen said, “the atmosphere was warm and festive and there was lots of delicious food. Everyone was given extra food to take away with them along with blankets and clothes which were donated by volunteers as well as members of UCKG HelpCentre’s Catford branch.”

“Everyone loved the decor as well as the kind, warm and friendly service they received. There were smiles all around.”

Since the opening of Catford’s Soup Kitchen on Saturday 20th May 2017, it has:

• Given over 100 bowls of soup a week to users
• Have 25 dedicated volunteers
• Received food donations from Tesco Catford, Sainsbury’s, Lidl Catford, Paul Rhodes Bakery, Trussel Trust Foodbank and The Whitefoot & Downham Community Food Project

However, they are still in need of the following food donations from willing members of the community:

• Tinned soup
• Bottled water
• Tea, coffee and sugar
• Crisps
• Canned drinks
• Small cartons of juice
• Other non-perishable goods

The Catford Soup Kitchen would like to thank everyone who helped and contributed to making Christmas 2018 that little bit better for the 20+ people who attended.

To find out more about our community outreach projects and future events, or to get involved, you can email us at groups@uckg.org