A local solicitors firm has donated two boxes of food to Southport’s Soup Kitchen.

Staff from Breens Solicitors on Hoghton Street collected non-perishable food over the course of 40 days.

Organiser of the food drive, Debbie Ridehalgh explained: “Easter is a time of celebration with children enjoying Easter Eggs and other treats but some families cannot afford to buy these additional treats.  I started the Forty Foods for Forty Days campaign and asked the staff at Breens to buy a couple of items each to donate to the Soup Kitchen.

“Everyone was very generous and donated all manner of foods, including Easter Eggs and some non-food essentials too.”

The Soup Kitchen’s Justin and Glynis showed Debbie and Carol of Breens how their operation works when they visited the London Street café.

Volunteers collect and sort the food into boxes before making them up into hampers and delivering them to 35 families in need in the Southport area.

Justin explained that food such as tins of baked beans are their most important commodity.  Previously, Heinz donated tins of baked beans however a change on procedure at Heinz means the Soup Kitchen will no longer receive these essential items.

Supermarkets such as Morrison’s donate some items which have passed their sell buy date but the charity relies mainly on the goodwill of the people of Southport.

As well as providing hampers to families in need, the Soup Kitchen is serving a roast dinner to its users on Easter Sunday.

Having seen how the Soup Kitchen provides for those most in need, Debbie said: “We enjoyed our time at the Soup Kitchen everyone was very friendly and there is a real buzz about the place. As Justin commented on the day, the volunteers have the fun part, they get to see the joy on the face of their customers when they receive their Easter Hamper.”

If you would like to volunteer, or have food to donate, check out the Soup Kitchen’s Facebook page at https://en-gb.facebook.com/southportsoupkitchen/


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