Southport Soup Kitchen Victory – Planning application APPROVED

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Southport Soup Kitchen has had a recent planning application approved by Sefton Council after Soup Kitchen volunteer Justin Dempster put forward a case for the extra opening hours.

He appeared at Sefton Council Planning Department on Wednesday 24th April 2013 after the Council  received a petition of objections against the proposal

The Soup Kitchen can now open additional hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 11:00am to 2:00pm to serve drinks and give shelter to those in need for a few hours.

The Soup Kitchen only had permission to open 11.00 am to 2.00pm on Saturday and Sundays prior to the successful application.

The Soup Kitchen in London Street, Southport, is more popular than ever with record numbers rising month every month. It provides food and warmth to the local homeless population, it is run completely by volunteer helpers and is financed by donations from the community and is supported by several local churches.

The Soup Kitchen provides hot nourishing meals (stew with meat and vegetables) pudding, hot drinks and a supply of fresh fruit. Takeaway bags are available on Sunday’s. The Soup Kitchen also provides food parcels for families in the community who are having financial difficulties.

Distributing 120 meals and several food hampers per week.

Deposits and funds for emergency accommodation are provided. Sleeping bags, blankets etc. are also available.

The hard work of all the volunteer staff at the Soup Kitchen helps to alleviate poverty and distress and to provide a better standard of living and health for the vulnerable people in our community i.e. rough sleepers, people who are alcohol and substance dependent, lonely and poor of all ages. The Soup Kitchen operates an “open door” policy and does not refuse anyone who is in need.

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