CHILDREN at a Redditch school have been cooking up a storm in the kitchen – enough to help feed more than 200 homeless people this winter.
The Year Seven and Eight pupils at St Bede’s Catholic Middle School have been working with the Society of St Vincent De Paul (SVP) to make soup for a homeless outreach and soup kitchen in Birmingham – and between them, they have made more than 50 litres of nourishing broth.
On Monday, the SVP ‘Mini Vinnies’ – volunteers aged seven to 11 who serve not only St Bede’s, but also the community – got cracking with their latest project, to help the homeless.
The 18 children, using pumpkins donated by Webbs of Wychbold, spent most of their day, cooking and blending the soup, ready to be packaged up and delivered to the soup kitchen.
Miss Samantha Downes, Lay Chaplain and Mini Vinnies Coordinator, said: “We are most fortunate within St Bede’s school community to have a group of committed and passionate Mini Vinnies.
“The scheme helps young people develop their own faith practice and belief through structured weekly meetings, activities and fundraising.
“The children were all very enthusiastic and were excited as they were involved with making lots of yummy, homemade pumpkin soup.
“Under the guidance of staff, they worked really hard to make the soup which will soon be collected and given out as part of the long-running project.”