A free soup kitchen is opening its hatch for the first time in Buckingham Parish Church tomorrow, Tuesday.
Rector Will Pearson-Gee said: “Until we started looking into this, I never knew how many people are really struggling to make ends meet and I know that this wonderful idea will be a real help to them.”
The Soup Service is being run by the church’s mission and outreach team.
The idea came from church member Cath McCabe, the former manager of Buckingham’s Red Cross Shop, who said: “This is just one of several new initiatives from the church about providing food for its community.”
Soup and bread will be served free of charge from noon to 2pm. Tea, coffee and doughnuts will also be served.
There will be a collection box so people who wish to can make a donation. Mrs McCabe said: “I’m hoping other people will come in apart from those who are really needy.
“The church has fantastic facilities and is a beautiful place to sit and chat and eat.”
Mother of five Mrs McCabe, who has a catering background, had the idea for the soup kitchen a few years ago but was only able to follow it up once she stopped work.
She told the Advertiser and Review: “I think there is a need, from what we read in the newspapers and the food bank being used so often. Especially this year, with energy prices going up, people are going to be really strapped for cash.
“It’s just a little something to help towards people’s bills
“Ideally I wanted to do something five days a week but we’ll start up small and see how it goes.”
The church already donates food parcels to people in need and runs a lunch club in the school holidays for children who have free school meals.