Providing free meals and clothes to the homeless and marginally in Central London
Founded in 1986, The Soup Kitchen is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and poor in Central London. To this end, we provide free hot meals, clothes and toiletries, and the space provided offers a sense of belonging and community for those who are in need. With the help of countless volunteers, we serve nearly 90 people a day from 10am-12 noon, Monday through Saturday with a Clothes Closet is open on Mondays.
In addition, we offer information about other important services for the vulnerable, including advice and referral information for other agencies focusing on different aspects of homelessness. We seek to provide assistance in a variety of ways, including help with letters and phone calls, liaising with social services, and encouragement and moral support.
Staff: Two full-time; four part-time
Volunteers: Up to 10 per day; 400+ annually
Annual Budget: Approx. £75,000
Serves: Nearly 90 people daily; over 25,000 free meals annually
Gives: 12,000+ articles of clothing/shoes and 8,000+ toiletry items
The Soup Kitchen is run by Alex Brown, Director, with support from a Board of Trustees, Kitchen Manager, four more staff and a team of volunteers consisting of local businesses, churches and philanthropic organisations.
Support comes from individuals, corporations and trusts. Volunteers and donations (both financial and in-kind) are vital to support our work and enable us to continue to serve those in need in our community.
With the increase in need for food and clothing over the past few years, we have expanded our offerings to six days a week (from the previous five) by adding a Wednesday morning shift.
One of our aims is to offer a safe and welcoming community that combats loneliness and isolation. We know that many homeless suffer from mental illness, so we recently hired a part-time mental health professional, creating London’s first soup kitchen with a mental health drop-in!
How You Can Help
We always need your help! Various ways to get involved include:
- making a one-off donation (for more info about what your gift could cover, see below)
- setting up a standing order with your bank (for a standing order form, please contact Alex)
- giving a few hours a month as a volunteer to help at the SK (in the kitchen and/or the office – see below)
- giving help in kind
• £5 provides our bread for 1 day
• £10 covers tea and coffee
• £20 covers our soup for 1 day – OR fruit – OR vegetables
• £25 covers meat for 1 day
• £100 covers all our food
• £300 covers all the Soup Kitchen’s (SK) running costs for 1 day
• £6,000 covers all running costs for 1 month
Please click here for comprehensive information about our volunteering program:
*Please note that due to a swell in individual volunteers, there is currently an extended wait list for those hoping to volunteer during our normal morning hours. Nevertheless, our Volunteer Coordinator will continue to endeavor to get all those who are willing and able to volunteer into the rota as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
There are also always opportunities to help with Fundraising, e.g. ‘Footsteps of the Homeless’ is a short sponsored Run or Walk which you can plan on a day of your choice. Collections of food and clothing are useful as well. Please contact Alex regarding fundraising and donations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For non-volunteer related enquiries, you can also call The Soup Kitchen on 020 7580 2791.
The Soup Kitchen (Whitefield Memorial SK Corporation) is a registered charity in both the UK and US.
Reg. UK Charity 1051770 and US 501(c)3 Tax ID No: 51-0370481