Over 20 years ago the Salvation Army began serving soup and caring for the hungry and vulnerable. Today the service continues with a vast new army of individuals who donate, collect, prepare and serve all across the city. Local churches, businesses and many other organisations are involved, all making the Plymouth Soup Run accessible to some of the city’s most needy 365 days of the year.
The Sunday Soup Run and Soup Kitchen
The Sunday Soup Kitchen at Shekinah has been running since October 2011 and operates on a Sunday night alongside the usual Soup Run. In normal circumstances the Soup Kitchen opens at 8pm but since the pandemic, while we are serving outside Shekinah, people arrive for food from 7:15 pm.
We have a regular team of volunteers, many of whom serve weekly providing continuity and consistency. Until the pandemic we had additional support from students both medical and dental but this has been halted at present.
Sunday night is usually the busiest night of the week, serving between 85 and 105 people.
We work closely with Plymouth Access to Housing (Path), completing referrals as necessary to the Rough Sleepers Team and signposting people to other services in the city.
Once a month we are fortunate to be joined by a member of the Community Connections team or a member of the Rough Sleepers team who volunteer with us and provide support and advice about possible routes into accommodation.
As well as food, the team provide sleeping bags, emergency clothing, toiletries and a listening ear. Because of the high number of people served on a Sunday we particularly welcome donations of food, deodorant, new socks and new boxer pants.
Please contact Hilary Knight, Co-ordinator on 07794555419 if you are able to help in any way.
Hope Baptist Church
The Soup Run at Hope Baptist Church has been run on a Monday evening for over 20 years. We are fortunate to have many different businesses and partners within the city and our regular church congregation to help prepare and serve the food.
The Monday Night team consists of a team of five in the kitchen who prepare the food, making soup, sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes and then a separate team of five who use the church minibus to serve the food. The kitchen preparation starts at 6:45pm and finishes at 8:45pm and the serving team start at 8:45pm and finish at 10:30pm.
We are very grateful for all the donations from around the city and the generosity of local business and restaurants. The current teams involved are Royal Navy Quart Club, Wrigleys, Parkhurst Hill, ADG, Plymouth Round Table, Mark Holt and Co and two teams from Western Mortgage Services. Nando’s and Nibana Restaurant both provide food as well as Aldi Supermarket, Rowes Bakery and Ivor Dewdney.
We can serve between 60 -100 people any Monday night and offer a listening ear and can signpost to other organisations that offer support such as Shekinah Mission and Path (Plymouth Access to Housing).
If you are interested in hearing more about Soup Run on a Monday or becoming part of our growing team please call 01752-708090.
St Matthias Plymouth
As well as organising the Tuesday night Soup Run, we also offer an emergency pop-up food bank ‘Love Your Neighbour’. Anyone can collect from St Matthias Church hall off Clifton Place, North Hill, Mutley, Plymouth PL4 8HF on Tuesdays 6pm-8pm and Fridays 12 noon to 2pm. Any questions feel free to call Tina on 07796 322007.
More information about ‘Love Your Neighbour’ can be found at https://www.stmplymouth.org.uk/.
Mutley Baptist Church
We are fortunate to have three teams which means that every Wednesday of the year there is a team from Mutley Baptist Church (MBC) out on the streets. In addition to the street teams, there are two food pick-up teams, collecting food in the afternoons. As well as supplying food and drink, we also signpost those on the streets to other organisations and liaise with Plymouth Access to Housing (PATH) as needed.
Newcomers especially are referred to Gaffer’s Café at MBC on a Thursday, 12 – 2pm for a free hot meal, hot drinks, a chat and further advice if needed. Our Recovery Group (Tuesday evenings) has currently been paused. Soup Run and Gaffer’s refer people to Plymouth Focus Advice Centre (also located in MBC) who provide free and confidential debt and welfare benefits advice. Some are referred to Sexual Abuse Listening Therapy. Both PFAC and SALT are Christian charities.
Contact: Karen Allen on 07885218094, or via the Church Office on 01752-203346 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotary Club of Plymouth Mayflower
The Rotary Club of Plymouth Mayflower has been carrying a Soup Run on a Thursday every five weeks since November 2011. Quite a few members and friends help out on the Soup Run. We get donations of food from members and friends and we fundraise to cover any expenses.
Friends of Cann Bridge School Soup Run Team
The Cann Bridge team (originally Downham School) is made up of staff, governors, relatives and friends of the school. Our Soup Run team has been running for over 8 years and started with a Harvest celebration when Shirley Collenette came to talk to everyone.
Since moving to the new school site Tor Bridge Primary have also contributed by baking cakes, making soup and sending in donations of food and clothes.
A few years ago one of our team made links with ‘Down to Business’ and we are grateful for their continued support.
For further details please contact Hilary Knight on 07794555419.
Thursday nights as part of the rota organised by Hilary, currently every fifth week.
The Callington team is made up from a number of members from a wide range of backgrounds and includes Town Councillors, our local Cornwall Councillor, Lions, Freemasons, a local cafe owner, retired school cook and a care worker. It is self-funding and supported both materially and financially by the community as a whole with regular input from Callington Lions Club, Tamar Valley Butchers, Smithee Newsagents, Spar Callington, as well as a number of private individuals.
We are very proud of our Community links and in addition to the Soup Run itself give talks and presentations to local groups to raise awareness of the many issues involved in homelessness and those faced by our service users.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been delivering Soup Run in Plymouth every fifth Thursday for the past six years.
Food preparation takes place at our church on Mannamead Road and starts at 7pm with a team of about 12 volunteers making up flasks of hot water, heating soup and pasties, making up sandwiches and bags of cakes and fruit. This is taken out with hot chocolate, hats, gloves, scarves, blankets and sleeping bags to the drop-off points by 6 volunteers, where we have a chat with service users and support them by signposting them to additional services and giving out Salvation Army clothes vouchers where required.
We are grateful for the donations made by Ivor Dewdney Pasties Ltd, The Oggy Oggy Pasty Co, The Dartmoor Bakery, and church members and friends, which enable us to continue this work.
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Plymouth Christian Centre co-ordinates all the Friday teams, one of them being from Chaddlewood.
Co-ordinator is Paul McDowell, email: MIT@plymouthchristiancentre.org
There are four teams involved with the Soup Run on a Saturday night with each team going out every four weeks. The teams are from Methodist Central Hall, Emmanuel Church, St Paul’s Church, Plymstock United Church and a team who come up from Cornwall.
The overall teams are co-ordinated by John Stephens from Methodist Central Hall, where the food is prepared on three Saturdays each month. John can be contacted via email: email@example.com, or phone: 07952 414 069
The team from St Paul’s Church Efford and Emmanuel are mostly church members with additional helpers who wish to help out a very worthwhile cause. Generous donations from St Paul’s Church, Oggy Oggy pasties, Faraday Mill and private individuals ensure that all the service users are well catered for. We also hand out clothing, blankets and the occasional tin of dog food. For further details please contact Nick Connett on 01752 706872 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.