Home found for soup kitchen in Sudbury

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

A home has been found for a soup kitchen venture that will see hot meals served for those in need in Sudbury.

Thanks to recent publicity, Sudbury Community Kitchen has been offered the use of St Gregory’s church hall and kitchen.

This means that every week the Sudbury Community Kitchen can begin to serve home made soup with a roll or toast for free to anyone in need in the town.

The service will now begin on March 7, from noon.

The project is a new initiative under the ‘umbrella’ of the Sudbury Market Town Partnership and chairman Lesley Ford-Platt praised St Gregory’s Church for extending a helping hand to get the soup kitchen off the ground.

She said: “The Partnership and the community kitchen group is extremely grateful to St Gregory’s Church for their generosity and willingness to support this much-needed service in Sudbury.”

She said Sainsbury’s had agreed to provide vegetables and bread, and a grant for equipment was given by county councillor John Sayers.

Suffolk Road Church has donated the crockery, and independent health shop, Health Foods For You, in Friars Street, had donated mugs, and it plans to continue to support the scheme.

The most recent donation has come from the East of England Co-op which will be providing free tea bags for the next six months.

The group will work alongside others, including the Monday morning drop-in at the Christopher Centre, the Bridge Project, the Befriending Scheme and the Vineyard Church’s Storehouse Food Bank to ensure that they complement the services which are already available.

It is hoped in future to also offer the service on a second day each week.

Future plans include teaching people how to cook low-cost and nutritious meals, but organisers say they will need more funding before this can be go ahead.

Anyone who wants more information can contact Teresa Bishop on 01787 311558 or bishopteresa78@gmail.com