Norwich church delivers 800,000 lockdown meals
Soul Foundation, the outreach arm of Soul Church, Norwich, has delivered around 800,000 meals to people in need across the area during lockdown.
The church says it has seen unprecedented need across the city. With schools closed and many people unable to work, there’s been a steep increase in people going hungry, whether through lack of money, access to food or the inability to travel to the shops.
During this time, Soul Foundation have been able to step up to meet the need for many, partnering with 30 schools across the area to identify those families who need practical support and to deliver food to them, as well as pro-actively seeking referrals for individuals in need.
“We have been blown away by the response from school staff, our own volunteers and local businesses alike,” confirms Sam Mooney, who has been running the initiative. “We’ve been given eight vans, so we can collect three tonnes of food each day from FareShare in Ipswich before sorting it at our warehouse (also donated by a local business) and distributing it on to families and individuals. We want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our partners and sponsors!”
The team are hoping to increase their capacity over the coming months, and are also looking to offer a number of courses, with parenting, cooking, budgeting, CV writing and more in the pipeline.
“We believe Soul Foundation is an essential part of our church – it takes the message that Jesus cares outside the four walls of our building and gives us the chance to show his love to the people around us in ways they can really appreciate. It’s love in action,” explains Pastor Jon Norman, Senior Pastor of Soul Church.
If you’d like to find out more about Soul Foundation, make a donation or become a corporate partner or sponsor, visit: www.soulfoundation.org.uk
Pictured above is the Soul Foundation warehouse.