Friday, 07 June 2019 09:55

Belfast soup kitchen construction begins

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BELFAST - The Belfast Soup Kitchen is making a big move -- from the old shoe factory to a brand new facility in Belfast.

"We were there for a few years and struggling to keep the doors open five days a week and all year round," soup kitchen board President Mary Brand said. 


On Wednesday, soup kitchen supporters celebrated the start of construction on the new facility with a shovel ceremony. A commercial kitchen, food storage facilities and a serving area are just a few features this new permanent home will provide.


"It's almost like a restaurant, in fact, it's more like a restaurant. So with this, we have seating for about 90 people, 90 guests, which our guests appreciate very much," Brand said. 


"We're delighted that we're able to offer this for them and then watch them, as we've watched over time, some of these people that have come in as guests are now our volunteers,"  she said.



The new building is expected to open by January of 2020.