Helping the Homeless and Marginally Homeless* in Central London
*marginally homeless are those who do have accommodation,
but it may be temporary or inadequate, or they may be having
great difficulty paying their bills
We are providing free meals for 80 people a day at present-
an increase of 30% on last year.
The Soup Kitchen has undergone its biggest transformation for over 15 years. The old tent has been replaced with a new, insulated, wooden structure to provide comfort, warmth and an attractive facility for our guests. This new facility combined with our nutritious food and welcoming atmosphere will have an increasingly positive impact on our guests' lives.
We know the small things make all the difference.
What we do
The Soup Kitchen, founded in 1986, is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and poor in Central London, providing free hot meals, clothes and toiletries, and creating a sense of belonging and community. Serving around 75 people a day from 10am -12 noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the Clothes Closet open on alternate Mondays, five volunteers are required each morning to do this vital work.
The Soup Kitchen is run by a Board of Trustees, a part-time Director and Kitchen Manager, 2 more staff and a team of volunteers, consisting of ACL and non-ACL members.
In addition we offer information about other important services for the poor, a free open art studio and a bible study group. The Director and others provide basic advice and refer guests to other agencies with different specialities. We seek to provide assistance in a variety of ways, including help with letters and phone calls, liaising with social services, and encouragement and prayer,
Support for the Soup Kitchen comes from individuals, corporations and trusts. Volunteers and donations (both financial and in-kind) are vital to support our work and enable us to continue this service to the community.
£300 covers the SK’s running costs for 1 day
£6,000 covers running costs for 1 month
We always need your help at the Soup Kitchen. Here’s what you can do:
NB: Unfortunately we do not take 'walk-in' donated items. Please contact Miranda to make delivery arrangements before donating any of the items from our wish list:
THE NEWLY IMPROVED SOUP KITCHEN IS UNVEILED
The newly refurbished Soup Kitchen cabin was unveiled on the 28th April 2012. Over 70 people joined us on a wet Saturday afternoon to celebrate this great achievement. The success of the project was a result of many individuals donating time, money and expertise. We are also very grateful to the London based street artist Stik, who painted a mural and cut the ribbon at the opening to help raise awareness.
Celebrity Chef Aldo Zilli donates a day
Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli’s visit to the Soup Kitchen was shown on ITV’s Daybreak show.
Zilli, who owns three restaurants in Soho, was homeless once himself and has worked with several projects to support homeless people. At one he met Bobby, who has turned his life around and now works as a chef for Aldo.
We are blessed with many more volunteers for food preparation and serving (and office help) than we can place, so we are not able to take any more at present!
Collections of food and clothing are very useful to our work too. Contact Miranda regarding donations on SKDirector@amchurch.co.uk
For non-volunteer related enquiries, you can also call the Soup Kitchen on 020 7580 2791.
* Soup Kitchen Equal Opportunities Policy
The Soup Kitchen is a registered charity in both the UK and US.
Reg. UK Charity 1051770 and US 501(c)3
CONTACT US: 79a Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 4TD
0207-580-2791 | firstname.lastname@example.org