Helping the Homeless and Marginally Homeless* in Central London
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.
What we do
Part-time staff: 5
Volunteers: 100 (4 a day)
Annual budget: approx. £70,000
Serves annually: 17,000 free hot meals … to 70 guests daily … to 400 different people
Hands out annually: 6,000 articles of clothing/shoes plus 4,000 toiletry items
The Soup Kitchen, founded in 1986, is a resource for the homeless, elderly, lonely and poor in Central London, providing free hot meals, clothes and toiletries, and creating a sense of belonging and community. Serving around 70 people a day from 10am-12 noon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the Clothes Closet open on alternate Mondays, four to five volunteers are required each morning to carry out this vital work.
The Soup Kitchen is run by a Board of Trustees, a part-time Director and Kitchen Manager, three more staff and a team of volunteers consisting of AIC and non-AIC members.
In addition, we offer information about other important services for the vulnerable, including a Bible Study group and prayer, at the request of guests. The Director and Welcomer provide basic advice and refer guests to other agencies with different specialities. 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.
Support for The Soup Kitchen 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 this service to the community.
How You Can Help
We always need your help at The Soup Kitchen. Here’s what you can do:
- make a one-off donation (for more info about what your gift could cover, see below)
- set up a standing order with your bank (for a standing order form, please contact Alexander)
- give a few hours a month as a volunteer to help at the SK (in the kitchen and/or the office – see below)
- give 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
NB: Unfortunately we do not take ‘walk-in’ donated items.
Please contact Alexander to make delivery arrangements before donating any of the items from our wishlist: The Soup Kitchen Wishlist, 2017 (part of our wishlist is also available on Amazon).
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 with The Soup Kitchen directly. 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 very useful to our work too. Contact Alexander regarding fundraising and donations at SKDirector@amchurch.co.uk.
For non-volunteer related enquiries, you can also call The Soup Kitchen on 020 7580 2791.
The Soup Kitchen Equal Opportunities Policy – SK POLICY 2015 Equal Opps
The Soup Kitchen (Whitefield Charity 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