Combats against homelessness in Bournemouth have been made by a soup kitchen while operating outside a church building.
Bournemouth’s Hope for Food organisation, based at St. Andrews Church, serves food and clothing to homeless people in the community every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. With the co-operation of approximately 150 volunteers, Hope for Food have striven to provide for the impoverished since 2012 and is still going strong, distributing soup, bread and bedding to the poor.
This reporter had the opportunity to speak with founder Claire Matthews on 8th December about the group’s cause, how it operates and what her duties entail. “We don’t just provide food,” Mrs. Matthews explained, “We also tell people with mental health and addictions where to find direct help.”
Going the Extra Mile
With a fifth of Bournemouth’s children living in poverty, Mrs. Matthews suggested that the numbers would increase – as they currently are increasing everyday – unless the root causes were addressed and added. “We’ve dealt with 20 homeless children and hundreds of families.
“We need more local connections and more volunteers.”
With the wintry season about to begin this charity will be doing their part to bring some festive joy to the needy over the Christmas period. A four-course meal shall be held at St. Andrews Church on 22nd December, and the soup kitchen will operating on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. “Some people want to do good at certain times,” said Mrs. Matthews “But homelessness is around 365 days a year!”
Individuals who wish to learn more about or volunteer with Hope for Food can do so via their organisation’s website.