Lunches continue with new cooker

Kettering, St Jude's Drop-In Centre, Lions Club have donated an oven for the centre users to cook ho meals. L-r Malcolm Harris (Lions), Mr Dave Goddard (volunteer coordinator), David Butler (Lions) with Mrs Caroline Goddard (volunteer cook)'Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Kettering, St Jude's Drop-In Centre, Lions Club have donated an oven for the centre users to cook ho meals. L-r Malcolm Harris (Lions), Mr Dave Goddard (volunteer coordinator), David Butler (Lions) with Mrs Caroline Goddard (volunteer cook)'Wednesday, 02 November 2011

Homeless people will continue to get hot nutritious lunches, including roast dinners, thanks to a kind donation from a charitable group.

Kettering Lions have donated a new cooker to the St Jude’s Drop-in Centre in Northampton Road, Kettering.

Volunteer co-ordinator Dave Goddard said: “It will help the staff to continue to prepare quality nutritious food on a daily basis.”

The centre’s 15 volunteers will use the oven, which replaces an old unit with a broken door, to cook lunches for the five to 10 homeless people who come to the centre each day and its four staff.

The service-users are asked for a donation of 75p for the daily meals, which include, pasta, soup, fish and chips and roast dinners.

Mr Goddard said the homeless usually pay for the subsidised meals, or pay the following week, but no-one is turned away.

He said: “It provides them with a very tasty meal around midday, five days a week.”

He said the old cooker’s broken door meant cooking took longer and wasted energy and would have needed replacing eventually.

Andy Scully, of Kettering Lions, said: “The Lions club has provided significant financial support and has now funded, sourced and arranged delivery of a brand new cooker and aims to support the centre with further personal and financial support.”

The former YMCA centre, which was taken over by volunteers after its county council funding was cut, is always looking for support.

To help, call 01536 415495.