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Buckland Soup Kitchen has been up and running since 2010. It was started to help give people that may be homeless for whatever reason a warm meal and somewhere to see a friendly face.

The Soup kitchen is based in the Church hall of Buckland United Reformed Church in Kingston Road, Portsmouth. Buckland Soup Kitchen is part of a Food Share Scheme, and it feeds about 50+ people every Wednesday evening from 6.30pm and is run completely by Volunteers who want to help the local community.

Volunteers begin preparation from 3pm, and a group of hard-working volunteers greet the visitors with a warm welcome and cup of tea or coffee. Some of our visitors are street homeless but others are sofa surfing or in temporary accommodation. A few are socially isolated and have enduring health issues.

The visitors take a seat at a table and socialise and share stories with friends until a meal is handed out to them at 7pm. They are free to sit and relax and stay in the hall until 8pm. When the visitors have finished they leave with a packed lunch which is usually a sandwich, a piece of fruit and sweet snack.

Once the visitors leave the volunteers clean up and tidy away ready for the groups to use the Church hall the next day, usually leaving about 9pm.

Buckland Soup Kitchen costs approximately £35.00 per week to run. The Church allow us to use the church hall and kitchen free of charge. The food is donated to Buckland Soup Kitchen for free from an organisation called “Fareshare” but there is a delivery charge of £25.00 per week (this is to cover Fareshares costs and expenses). Some weeks a large amount of food can be delivered to the Kitchen and other weeks there is a very small amount, but the Soup Kitchen still promises to serve a hot meal to those who attend.

The Soup kitchen’s costs are not only the food, but the additional costs are also tea bags, coffee, sugar, milk, cutlery, cups, plates, bowls, table clothes, napkins, sandwich bags, cleaning products and takeaway containers for those that are unable or wish not to enter the building we will give them a meal to take away with disposable cutlery.

There is also the wear and tear costs of pots and pans and kitchen utensils that often need replacing, and we are currently desperate to purchase a new cooker.

If you feel you could donate a one-off amount or a small regular donation to The Buckland Soup Kitchen please message us direct as every little will help. Any donations can also be gift aided which means we can claim an extra 25p from the government for every £1.00 donated.

We would also gratefully receive any of the items from the additional costs list above, such as teabags, sugar, coffee etc.

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