SOUPZ ON is a volunteer soup kitchen based in the Cessnock area. Operating two nights a week it provides hot food and beverages to the homeless and those doing it tough, as well as a caring ear to listen to those many in society prefer to ignore.
Soupz On operates on Friday and Saturday nights from 7.00pm until around 10.00pm, or until all in attendance have been served. We can be found in Darwin Street Cessnock (across from the Coles loading dock).
Can you help us?
Soupz On is operated entirely by volunteers. Food is obtained through donations (of either food or money), and all donations are used to continue the work of the soup kitchen. We are always looking for donations of food (non-perishable items preferred), toiletries and personal hygiene items, clothing (especially warm clothing during winter), or even just a few spare dollars to help fund our work. All donations can be brought to the soup kitchen on Friday or Saturday nights.
If you are a business owner and would like to support our work, please contact us so we can discuss how you can become an invaluable help to the homeless and less fortunate people of Cessnock.
The homeless in Australia
According to Homelessness Australia, there are currently around 105,237 people in Australia who are homeless. Of these:
- 56% are Male, 44% are Female
- 25% are Aboriginal or Torres Straight Islander
- 30% are born overseas
- 17% (17,845) are aged under 12 (this is the second highest age group, the highest are 25-34 at 18%)
In NSW some 28,190 people are homeless (40.8 people out of every 10,000), up 20.4% since 2006.
These statistics are based on the 2011 Census and do not include those living in a home but suffering extreme hardship (i.e. struggling to pay bills and buy food each week).