Love Soup founders in­ter­ested in Mata­mata

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ALI BRADY

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.

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