Luton Park Street Soup Kitchen
Barton-le-Clay Rotary Club's first involvement with the Soup Kitchen and Night Shelter was in 2011
NOAH (New Opportunities And Horizons) is a charity offering hope and support to people struggling with homelessness and exclusion. The welfare centre in Park Street, Luton, is at the heart of their work with those most in need.
The Soup Kitchen opens every night of the year and is operated by volunteers who serve soup and a snack to rough sleepers of Luton. Over the last year (2018) more than 9,000 soups and meals were handed out
Barton-le-Clay Rotary members, together with support from Barton Methodist Church donate anything between 50 and 100 tins of soup each month on a regular basis.
Members also donate clothes, towels, sleeping bags to the welfare centre.
Following Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004, people from that country came to find work in the United Kingdom. For some that didn’t materialize and they found themselves with no job, no income, no accommodation. Literally, they had nothing.
As part of the support NOAH could provide them, we introduced an evening meal service, a soup kitchen that operated out of our Welfare Centre. This was and is only possible because of the wonderful generosity of our 200 volunteers who work on a rota basis to provide that evening meal. There has never been one night in the intervening years when that soup kitchen did not open for service.
It is a resource for homeless people, those in need and poor in Luton and the surrounding area. It does more than providing free hot meals. Clothes and toiletries are made available, and a link is established with our day care services.
Four volunteers are involved in the operation each evening, serving on average c35 people per evening, 7 days a week
Financial support for the Soup Kitchen comes from individuals, businesses and charitable trusts. Volunteers and donations (both financial and in-kind) are vital to support our work and enable us to continue this service to the poorest in our community.