Where it all started.. BBC article on Detroit Soup
Can soup change the world?
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Sherry Fuller started Southend Soup in 2013. For her, Soup is “all about inspiring people to do one tiny thing” – she was spurred into action by a dog-walking friend, who took it upon himself to prune the neglected roses in their local park. Then when she heard the BBC report about Detroit Soup she decided to go for it. At the first event, all 35 people helped to prepare the soup. Fuller says that Southend has pockets of significant poverty. “People are a bit despondent, and that’s why there’s a hunger for this can-do approach.” The last winner was an eight-year-old girl who won £154.20 to organise an “empowerment event” for children.
Lenna Cumberbatch is one of the organisers of London Soup. She says many of those involved work for charities, but this is completely different. “We’re taking away the dynamics of givers and takers and creating a community.” She says the pitchers give her an insight into the community she would otherwise not have. One of the winners, a project called Just Bread, taught refugee women how to bake bread. They just needed the money for ingredients. “No-one else was going to give them that,” says Cumberbatch. She admits it can be hard to keep going, but the venue is free because “nobody but the pitcher leaves with money.”
Colchester Soup on the BBC website