The Soup Kitchen was founded in January 2013 by Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi, two lifelong Brixtonian who identified the essential need for such a space for homeless people and those in need.
Soup Kitchen is community space for homeless people or people in desperate need. The Soup Kitchen aspires to provide food, drink and companionship in a warm and friendly environment on a weekly basis. Since that time we have served over 40,000 meals either eaten on site or distributed during food drop offs and outreach sessions.
Since starting the 'Brixton Soup Kitchen' we have received food donations from Pret A Manager, Greggs, Nandos, Satay Brixton, Marks and Spencer’s and media support from The Voice Newspaper, Channel 4 and The South London Press who awarded us with the 'Our Hero's Award' in April 2013 as well as being nominated in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy 100 list and being featured in the Evening Standard’s top 1000 influential list 2015 and 2016
We have also appeared in a number of national programs including Surprise Surprise and BBQ Champ 2015. The word about the good work at 'Brixton Soup Kitchen' has been spreading which would not have been possible without the support we receive from our community, volunteers and unpaid staff members.
The soup Kitchen is now is working towards becoming a recognised support centre for the community as a whole. It is hoped that extra facilities can be added to the already popular centre including job searching support, advice on housing and benefits and a night shelter for those in dire need. However in order to achieve this, a lot of support will be needed.
We are currently trying to raise £30,000 to support us in the running, upkeep and programme delivery in the Soup Kitchen. We have delivered this service for the last 4 years without any funding whatsoever however we are now struggling to maintain a service that supports so many of the vulnerable people in our capital.
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