For many Kiwis, a delicious soup on a cold winter’s day is a welcome meal or snack as they go about their busy lives.
Sadly, for the thousands of families in crisis this winter, a bowl of soup is sometimes the only meal they get to eat that day as they struggle to keep warm, fed and healthy.
Next week, five Wellington eateries are teaming up with The Salvation Army to provide 'soup to the masses' – 1,000 cups of tasty gourmet soup to be precise – as part of Army’s Winter Appeal. The aim of these events is to raise awareness of the rising need for food, warmth and shelter at winter time, and to invite the public to support the Army’s work in meeting this demand for their services.
Starting from Monday 3rd July, each Wellington-based restaurant has been assigned a lunchtime in which they’ll give away their tasty soup at no charge. The takeaway cups each soup is provided in has been branded with a Winter Appeal call to action – asking the recipient to consider 'paying it forward' by donating online at salvationarmy.org.nz/winterappeal
Salvation Army head of Social Services Major Pam Waugh says it’s great to see the support of the restaurants involved in doing something innovative to help those facing a tough time in winter.
'Its' important that the community all get involved in raising awareness about the problems in our society over winter, where soup is sometimes the only option for a family in crisis due to it being cheap and easy to make.'
The five confirmed restaurants are:
Mon 3rd July, 12-1pm - Le Cordon Bleu, 52 Cuba Street, Wellington; French Onion Soup
Tue 4th July, 12-1pm - Trade Kitchen, 10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington; Chicken Soup
Wed 5th July, 12-1pm - Dillingers, 155 Lambton Quay, Midland Park, Wellington; Corn Chowder
Thu 6th July, 12-1pm - Portlander, C/o Featherston and Whitmore Streets, Wellington; Ribollita Soup
Fri 7th July, 12-1pm - Muse, 56 Victoria Street, Wellington; Tomato & Bacon Soup
Recipes for each soup will also be handed out at the event. Soup is limited to 200 cups per event.