As a company that has social purpose at its core, volunteering within our local community was the perfect choice for our recent team-building exercise. We chose to partner with Brixton Soup Kitchen, a venue that we found through a client campaign – Knorr’s Flavour For All initiative, which will be working with inspiring kitchens like this across Europe.
The ‘soup kitchen’ turned out to be much more than ‘a place for soup’. It is a safe and secure community for those in need offering warm meals, food packages, clothes donations, a place to ‘hangout’, brush up on IT skills, a CV centre or just somewhere and someone to chat with. An impressive list, made even more impressive because this centre is run entirely through the gifts and donations it receives.
Solomon, one of the inspirational founders of the kitchen explained to us that several visitors to the kitchen aren’t even looking for food; they are looking for a personal connection, for someone to talk to them and actively engage with them, rather than walking past them on the street.
We were split into teams – the kitchen crew that I was part of set about preparing and cooking a substantial chicken and rice lunch, while others set up the clothes area, organised and ran the food pantry or made drinks and conversation with the visitors.
It was a truly humbling but inspirational day, reminding us all about the struggles that others face and how the gift of our time can easily help.
As a team, we look forward to committing more time over the coming months to help others in our community.