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 1991, 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. Serving anywhere from 10 to 30 people in a small hut in the centre of Dover at 6:00pm every day, two volunteers are required for each session. In addition to manning the kitchen on their day, volunteers also buy and prepare all the food that they distribute.
The Dover Soup Kitchen, which falls under the umbrella of Christians Together In Dover, is organised by a team of three local Christians (Liz Waller, Stephanie Burke 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.
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.
On December 21st 2011, we took delivery of a new hut, sourced by Dover District Council – we are extremely grateful to them! The pictures below show the new hut.
Hut delivery and installation, 21st December 2011
The electricity is installed
The hut is ready to be used
Inside the hut