For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink.
The Dover Soup Kitchen was founded by Steph Perrow in 1990, and our mission statement is that it is a resource for the homeless, vulnerable, elderly, lonely, and the needy. It provides free meals, hot drinks, clothes and bedding, and creates a sense of belonging and community.
The Dover Soup Kitchen, which falls under the umbrella of Christians Together In Dover (charity number 296621) is organised by two local Christians (Liz Waller and Judith Shilling), and relies on a large group of volunteers, made up of members from churches across Dover and Deal, and those without a church connection.
Serving anywhere from 10 to 30 people in the centre of Dover at 6:00pm every day, two or more volunteers run each session. In addition to serving food on their day, volunteers also buy and prepare all the food that they distribute.
On Christmas Day, the Dover Soup Kitchen uses the hall at Salem Baptist Church to serve a cooked lunch to anyone who needs it. We also distribute presents and non-perishable food for people to take away with them. Volunteers who are not on the annual rota are always welcome to come along and help on the day.
Support for the Dover Soup Kitchen comes from individuals and churches in the Dover district. Volunteers and donations (both financial and in kind) are vital to support our work and enable us to continue this service to the community.
From January 3rd 2018, we will be serving from the porch St Mary’s Church on Cannon Street – opposite Subway. Parking is available in the Stembrook Car Park.