Southport Soup Kitchen has been awarded a grant of £1,500 from the Morrisons Foundation to help them continue to care for vulnerable people during the coronavirus crisis.
The charity is the only venue in Southport that provides a place where the homeless can meet, socialise and enjoy hot food and beverages. The much-needed funds will enable the purchase of PPE for the charity’s volunteers and the installation of perspex screens.
Jan Hill, manager at Southport Soup Kitchen said: “Our premises are quite small and it was impossible to comply with social distancing, especially since many of our guests and volunteers alike fell into the vulnerable category.
“Our volunteers managed to keep supporting our most vulnerable guests at a distance but this was obviously not satisfactory in the long term. Since guidelines were eased we have been supplying food from outside the Soup Kitchen door. As the weather cools and winter approaches this will not be meeting the needs of the homeless, who need a warm place to eat the food we provide.
“The very welcome grant from Morrison's Foundation has given us a chance to improve our facilities and enable us to gradually increase the times we are open and the range of food we can offer.
“All of us who work at the Soup Kitchen and our guests would like to express our gratitude to Morrison's for enabling this work to be carried out.”
Anna Ingram, Community Champion at the Southport store added: “Morrisons is committed to helping the most vulnerable in our society.
“We know that the coronavirus outbreak presents a particular risk to homeless people and I’m delighted that the Morrisons Foundation has been able to help fund Southport Soup Kitchen’s vital work in our community."
Charities are encouraged to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.com to find out how to apply for a grant.