New Sudbury soup kitchen scheme to help those in need

Suffolk county councillor John Sayers presents his donation to members of the Sudbury Community Kitchen team Teresa Bishop, Lyn Gray and Joanne Main. ANL-160119-145323001
Suffolk county councillor John Sayers presents his donation to members of the Sudbury Community Kitchen team Teresa Bishop, Lyn Gray and Joanne Main. ANL-160119-145323001

Led by a group of volunteers a new scheme has been set up to provide Sudbury with a new soup kitchen.

Sudbury Community Kitchen is planning to offer simple lunches to those in need two days a week but is in desperate need of a venue to run the charity project from.

County Councillor John Sayers recently presented the group with a cheque for £305 to purchase the remaining items of equipment needed to support the project.

Suffolk Road Church has donated crockery, and Health Foods for You in Sudbury has donated mugs, with plans to continue to support the scheme.

However, the desperate need now is for appropriate premises.

There have been two potential offers of premises, but so far neither has come to fruition.

The volunteers are still hopeful about the use of the community room and kitchen at Sudbury Fire Station.

The group is aware of a pressing need for such a service and will provide hot, home-made soup with a roll or toast at no charge.

Anyone in need will be encouraged to come for the meal, a warm-up, some company and information on available help. Currently there are 20 volunteers, all keen to start the project.   

The previous soup kitchen at the Catholic Church provided over 2,000 meals a year but has not operated for some time. However, the demand exists and is growing for the service to be re-introduced.

The group will work alongside others, including the Bridge Project, the Befriending Scheme and the Vineyard Church’s Storehouse Food Bank to ensure that they complement the services which are already offered.

The Community Kitchen is a sub-group of Sudbury Market Town Partnership, and will be supported by Sainsbury’s.

The Sudbury store will provide all the vegetables and bread needed, to support two sessions per week, running on Mondays and either Thursdays or Fridays.

If anyone has suitable town-centre premises, and could offer these for three hours between 11am and 2pm on the two days of operation, please get in touch with Joanne Main on 01787 310476 or email her at themainfamily@googlemail.com.