Wednesday, 10 June 2020
With extra donations of food coming in and its biggest team of volunteer helpers yet, the UCKG’s Finsbury Park soup kitchen more than tripled the number of free food bags it handed out to 169, on Saturday 6 June. They also delivered food to people that couldn’t get to the soup kitchen on Seven Sisters Road.
On a normal Saturday, people queue outside the HelpCentre in the Rainbow Theatre in good time for the 11am opening and receive home cooked soup and a bag of provisions. However, on June 6, an additional donation of 200kg of food from the redistribution organisation FareShare meant that the UCKG could do much more.
The fresh fruit and vegetables, juice, frozen pre-cooked meals and chicken breasts, and assorted sandwiches from FareShare, along with cans of non- perishables, bread and cookies from HelpCentre members was enough to provide users with two bags of food.
One contained ready to eat items, including fresh homemade vegetable or chicken soup, or a new addition to the menu, tomato and cream soup. Items that needed cooking, were in the second bag, for those with access to a kitchen.
Besides serving the people who came to the soup kitchen, volunteers went out to the neediest parts of the neighbourhood seeking out individuals and families in food poverty.
They found that many homeless people won’t come to the soup kitchen as they don’t want to lose their pitches, for instance in front of a supermarket, so the UCKG volunteers took the bags to them and they were very happy to receive the food. Sometimes volunteers knocked on doors to help people who had homes, but no food, and made donations.
Pastor Lucas, who runs the HelpCentre in Finsbury Park said: “Many members of the community were happy that we were offering free bags of food, and our volunteers are equally pleased to be helping in this way.”
Notes to editors
UCKG is a Christian church and registered charity that offers a range of practical support activities alongside spiritual support and comfort and welcomes all-comers. It reached the UK in 1995 and has gone from strength to strength, providing support and spreading the Christian faith. There are UCKG HelpCentre branches in England and Wales.
For further information please contact the UCKG HelpCentre Press Officer via e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org or direct line 020 7686 6033.