During our service month, we are highlighting soup kitchens all over the world that are doing good for their communities. This week is: The Soup Kitchen
The Soup Kitchen, Making a Change in London
by Jeannie Mark
Americans have a perception of Western Europe, that it’s prosperous and everyone is employed, but the reality is there are thousands living at the poverty line, especially in London, UK.
The Soup Kitchen of the American International Church has provided hot meals to the homeless or marginally homeless in Central London for 28 years.
They give some staggering statistics on their website:
“We are providing free meals for 70 vulnerable people a day at present – an increase of 30% in the last 5 years. In 2012, The Soup Kitchen underwent its biggest transformation for over 15 years. The old tent was replaced with a new, insulated, wooden structure to provide comfort, warmth and an attractive facility for our guests. This new facility, combined with our nutritious food and welcoming atmosphere, will have an increasingly positive impact on our guests’ lives. We know the small things make all the difference. Besides serving meals, we had out 6,000 articles of clothing/shoes plus 4,000 toiletry items annually.”
Besides these selfless acts, The Soup Kitchen also assists people with writing letters, emails and contacting social assistance on their behalf. If you ever visit London on vacation, consider a small donation to The Soup Kitchen it will do your heart good.
About the Author
Jeannie Mark left the corporate cubicle in 2010 and bought a one-way ticket to India, never looking back once. Through her travel/creative website, Nomadic Chick she inspires other women to seek out the same, an impassioned life full of purpose. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.