Foundation reaches thousands with free meals
The Soul Foundation is scaling up massively in response to the coronavirus crisis, and is now aiming to deliver 130,000 meals a month across the city.
The foundation was launched ten years ago by Jon and Chantal Norman, pastors of Soul Church in Norwich.
Nik Chapman, director of Soul Foundation, said that people in need now included those “who are vulnerable or ill, or isolating and having difficulty accessing food, through to those who have been made redundant or furloughed.”
Currently the foundation supports vulnerable people through organisations such as YMCA Norfolk, homeless hostels and schools, as well as reaching a number of individuals and families.
It has received an array of donations, including thousands of kilos of fresh produce, a chiller van and seven delivery vans.
The goods it is supplying include food parcels, microwavable meals and care packages of toiletries and cleaning products.
Soul Foundation has launched a donation page to continue trying to self-fund as it does not receive any financial support from the council.
Alongside individual donors, shose who have supported the foundation so far include Norwich City Football Club, Norwich School, UEA, Chartwells (Compass Group), Boswell Insurance, Bidwells, Tofuerai and Banham Poultry.
Project title: Soul Foundation
Who runs the project: Soul Church, Norwich
Summary: Providing essential goods, especially food, to families and individuals
Description: The foundation is working with Norwich City Council to act as the area’s northern logistics hub and to increase the number of meals it delivers a week from 6,000 to nearly 30,000.
Where do you operate: Across Norwich, with a focus on the north of the city
Address: 4 Mason Rd, Norwich, NR6 6RF
Public contact details: email@example.com
Our needs: ongoing funding and donations in kind
How we help other projects: the foundation is working locally in partnership with YMCA Norfolk, Mile Cross Primary School, Tuckswood Academy, Nelson Primary and Ormiston Academy.