A local charity that helps feed Hastings’ homeless and hungry is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this winter as numbers for it’s services increase.
Hope Kitchen, based at Wellington Square Baptist Church, is a soup kitchen in the centre of Hastings that offers a warm and friendly environment and is open Thursday and Saturday evenings from 7.30-9pm. Mike Cooper, Chairman Hope Trust Hastings, says unfortunately the need for a soup kitchen has increased considerably in the past decade. “We now regularly see 40 guests joining us each evening,” he said.
“Not all are homeless; many are finding their budget severely stretched and welcome homemade soup, a sandwich, and a hot drink. Others just appreciate a chat with some friendly people.
“We are open for anyone.”
Mike says at Hope Kitchen there are people to talk to who will not judge or try to change anyone but instead offer a listening ear and advice on where to get help if needed. “They work closely with other agencies such as Seaview and the Snowflake Night Shelter. On Saturday evenings the St John Ambulance Homeless Nursing Team have staff at Hope Kitchen to help with health problems.
“We are a registered charity and rely entirely on the generosity of local people to fund us. We have no paid staff so all donations go to help those in need.
“We are run by an amazing group of volunteers who mainly come from local churches. They are non-judgmental and a great sense of humour really helps.”
To find out more about Hope Kitchen, or to donate or visit: www.hopekitchenhastings.org.uk. To find out more about volunteering call George on 07931 587349.