Sunny Soups is a food waste project run by The Ridge, a Charitable Company that provides local people with life and employment skills. Surplus food is collected from local shops, community gardens, farms and households, before volunteers turn it into soups, which are then available for anyone to take, absolutely free, from a freezer in Dunbar’s Bleachingfield Centre. It has become a well-used resource for those looking for a quick, healthy meal, as well as helping many people out when food budgets are tight - it has been known to feed whole families facing difficult financial times. For our volunteers, many of whom struggle with social isolation, mental health issues or addictions, it’s a chance to stay in touch, learn new cooking skills, and help to reduce local food waste while generating free, nourishing food for the community.
"Our freezer is breaking! The handle is snapping off, and can't be fixed and without a freezer, we won't be able to continue our project. We are currently using a second-hand freezer, funded by our fantastic local Zero Waste project. A new freezer would really take the pressure off and enable us to continue running this project, which both feeds local families when money is extremely tight, and gives our volunteers a rewarding, social activity each week."
"We have built up a really loyal, committed group of volunteers - some of them walked for an hour through the recent snow to make our cooking session - and the soup we made that week went straight to our local community hospital as their suppliers couldn't get through the snow, so they asked us if we could provide the patients' dinner!"
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