Soup kitchen prepares to open in Kettering

Preparing to open a soup kitchen, from left Valerie Drage, John Drage, Kay Short and Canon Lesley McCormack
Preparing to open a soup kitchen, from left Valerie Drage, John Drage, Kay Short and Canon Lesley McCormack

A soup kitchen which aims to provide a hot meal to anyone in Kettering who needs it is opening for the first time on May 14.

Operating from the Parish Rooms of Ss Peter and Paul Church, in the town’s Market Place, the kitchen will be open every Thursday between 4pm and 6pm.

The Rev Canon Lesley McCormack said the kitchen will be staffed by 30 keen volunteers who have mostly heard about the project through the town’s churches or through other organisations. She added: “The idea for the soup kitchen came from within the parish.

“It was something I had been thinking about providing for a while and so we put out the message into the parish to see if people thought there was a need and people responded saying they thought it was a very good idea.”

The soup kitchen is aimed at homeless people, the unwaged, people with addictions and anyone who struggles to put food on the table.

Canon McCormack added: “We are starting small, just two hours a week, and we will see what the demand is before we make any changes.

“We have chosen to open between 4pm and 6pm because then we can catch families who might be picking up children from school.”

Information and posters about the soup kitchen have already been distributed to GP surgeries, KCU, the Salvation Army and schools.

Initially, all the soups will be home-made and the volunteers have approached supermarkets in the town to see if they can have bread which is close to its sell-by date.

The soup kitchen is also accepting donations of money which Canon McCormack said will help pay for cutlery and crockery and meet any other running costs.

For more details email lesley@peterandpaul.org.uk.