A NEW soup kitchen has been launched to offer homeless people a chance to access a hot meal when they are unable to do so elsewhere.
A group of kind-hearted women are behind the enterprise, which is being run on a monthly basis at the Salvation Army in Burton, when other soup kitchens are not available.
New Horizons at the Salvation Army, as the scheme is called, cooked up its first meal on Sunday, and a total of 20 people in need headed over to enjoy what was on offer.
Isobel Griffiths, one of the people behind the Mosley Street scheme, said: “There is no other place for people to go and have a meal at weekends. We think this complements the soup kitchens in the town.
“There isn’t much more that local churches and organisations can do for the homeless that isn’t already being done, other than letter everyone who what is available to them.
“We’re hoping this will raise awareness about the homeless and the needy, and provide more of an insight into what the Salvation Army does in the community.”
Lucy Griffiths and Anna Wright approached the Salvation Army about setting up the soup kitchen earlier in the year. They had wanted to volunteer with Burton Soup Kitchen, which is hosted in the Salvation Army building, to begin with, but it was not possible as they both worked during the week.
Though New Horizons is a separate scheme, run by the Salvation Army, those behind it have worked with other similar organisations in the town.
At the first meal on Sunday, the homeless people who went along were treated to a meal of roast turkey with all the trimmings, following by cheesecake, chocolate gateau, cup cakes and cream sponges.
For some, it was the first full meal they have had in months.
“It was gratefully received and a success, and we are sure the numbers will increase as word gets around,”Ms Griffiths added.
She appealed to businesses and people in the community to support the venture. For further information contact Lucy Griffiths on 07473 528408.