Setting up a new Norwich soup kitchen? Yes we can!
A Norwich volunteer is asking people in the city to show their “can-do” attitude as she prepares to launch a new soup kitchen.
Rebecca Chipperfield says the Norwich Soup Movement will meet the need of homeless and disadvantaged people in the city by providing them with regular hot meals, and hopes to strike deals with supermarkets to donate their leftover stock.
The 26-year-old is also calling on the public to donate tins of soup to help build up supplies before the service opens next month – and offer their time when it is up and running.
Ms Chipperfield, of Bull Close Road, said she had been driven to start the Norwich Soup Movement after volunteering with other homeless charities but feeling she could be doing more.
“It just breaks my heart to see someone cold and in a doorway. I see the problem on the street in front of me and I think something should be done about it,” she said.
“I want to be on the streets talking to homeless people. They are starving, and my mission is to feed them.”
The former Broadland High School pupil said she would be asking supermarkets for their leftover food – supplies going out of date but still edible – to help feed homeless and vulnerable people from a stall on Norwich’s Haymarket.
“We want to get people who are throwing food away. If we can get their leftover bread and fruit then that’s a meal for someone.
“The supermarkets throw away so much food every day. It’s such a pointless waste when there are people going hungry in the city.”
The Salvation Army runs a regular soup kitchen in Norwich city centre, as well as a drop-in centre in Pottergate where rough sleepers and homeless people can get showers, food and advice, while Norwich City Council has support for people at risk of becoming homeless.
Ms Chipperfield said her project, which she admitted is in its “early days” , would not be in competition with other charities.
She added: “More help is needed and more help can never be a bad thing.
“I don’t know if I can do it better than [existing charities] but I am going to give it a stab. I’m passionate about it so why wouldn’t I?”
The soup tin drive will be held at The Mischief pub, Fye Bridge Street, between 1pm and 4pm on September 8. People are encouraged to bring tins of soup, dog food, as well as jackets, socks, blankets, rugs and sleeping bags.
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