Our Peer Soup project – a mini soup kitchen where young people can get a hot, nutritious meal – will be launching on Monday 14th December.
Based at Trinity Church, Hazel Wood Road, Totton the drop-in session will run every Monday from 2-5pm and trained youth advisers will be on hand to support young people with information, advice, and guidance.
The Peer Soup project was devised by It’s Your Choice as a result of the number of hungry, undernourished young people that the charity sees. Many of these young people are also homeless or at risk of homelessness and It’s Your Choice supports them with everything from emergency food and hygiene packs to eventually getting back into work and off the streets.
Chris Carey, CEO of It’s Your Choice, says
“We are delighted to be launching this much needed project, particularly during the Christmas season when it is especially important for all young people to feel valued.
We will need more funding to enable us to deliver this project more days per week over the longer term and donations and support would be most gratefully received.
Meanwhile we will use the pilot to learn how to best use our scarce resources for the benefit of these young people.”
It’s Your Choice is pleased to have already attracted the support of the MJB Charitable Trust, Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest and ExxonMobil Fawley. It’s also hoped that a number of local food retailers will come on board to donate surplus food to be used as ingredients for the soup.
How can I get involved in the Peer Soup project?
If you would like further information about the project, or you are a local business that would like to donate surplus food, please contact Project Co-ordinator Ria Price by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 07415 493277.