Love Soup founders interested in Matamata
Love Soup is hoping the kindness of the community will help bring a soup kitchen to Matamata.
Julie King and Donna Quirke have been running a soup kitchen in Tokoroa for close to three months now and said it has been an outstanding success. ‘‘ We’re hoping to bring it to Matamata,’’ Ms King said.
‘‘We hope to go to the areas where people think it’s needed and help them to succeed as well.’’
Love Soup is run entirely with the help of volunteers.
‘‘We have [in Tokoroa] approximately a dozen volunteers and we have some that do bits here and there.
The community has been wonderful.
‘‘We’ve had about 20 businesses help us out,’’ she said.
‘‘The mayor has helped us, the council has helped us, the schools have helped us, the farmers’ market gives us herbs and vegetables – the community have kept our head above water.’’
King is looking for someone in Matamata willing to step up and be a manager, and said that she’ll be there to help make it a success.
‘‘I know that it will work in Matamata.
‘‘It will work anywhere as long as people believe it’s needed.’’
King said it’s a matter of finding someone to offer a building for free to help the kitchen get started.
The soup kitchen in Tokoroa is open once a week. Anyone can come and they are averaging about 30 to 40 families each week.
For more information go to facebook.com/love.soup.