Bournemouth resident Claire Matthews set up the Hope for Food soup kitchen in 2013.
After Claire realised that her friend had to choose between heating her home and feeding her children, the Hope for Food soup kitchen was born.
Claire runs her charity with sixty other volunteers, three times a week, at St. Andrew’s Church, where eighty to one hundred homeless people come and benefit.
“We are a charity and if people need help, we will help them.” Claire Matthews
They provide hot meals, sandwiches and drinks and alongside UK Homes 4 Heroes (hyperlink this) they supply the homeless with donated clothing, bedding, furniture and accommodation advice. They also have an Ebay site (hyperlink this) to fund their account.
This Christmas, Hope for Food and UK Homes 4 Heroes are holding a Christmas meal for one hundred homeless people, on Thursday 18th of December at St. Andrews Church. At this dinner each homeless person will be given a rucksack filled with the essential items they need as part of the charity’s ‘Rucksack Appeal’.
Volunteer Sally, organiser of the ‘Rucksack appeal’ said: “I want the homeless to feel part of something this Christmas.”
Hope for Food plan to expand their services.
Claire said: “I want Hope for Food to go all over the UK.