Funds run low at soup kitchen

Ryan Falconer, Eileen Cato and Jason Smith get ready to serve up food for the Mustard Seed Group.
Ryan Falconer, Eileen Cato and Jason Smith get ready to serve up food for the Mustard Seed Group.

Volunteers who run a support group in Fleetwood say funds are starting to run low and they fear it may soon struggle to provide its well known hot meals service.

The Mustard Seed Group runs a session at St Peter’s Church each Monday night and a similar facility at St David’s on Thursday nights, both from 6.30pm to 8pm.

We have no problem getting volunteers, but I am concerned that we are now having to reduce the amount we spend on the actual food because our funds are running low

These sessions offer free hot meals for whose who are lonely, struggling to cope financially or find themselves homeless and the service has been running since February 2012.

The service, overseen by St Peter’s Church and similar to a soup kitchen, is staffed by a team of loyal volunteers.

But this week two of those volunteers, Jason Smith and Ryan Falconer, made a plea for extra provisions of decent food to help the group out.

Jason said: “We have no problem getting volunteers, but I am concerned that we are now having to reduce the amount we spend on the actual food because our funds are running low.

“We rely in donations and the pot of money is running down. The quality of nourishing food is now in danger of slipping. I am asking anyone in Fleetwood, local businesses or individuals, if they can help by providing fresh vegetables or in-date tins of food to help us. We already get great support from some local businesses but any extra help would be appreciated.”

Ryan Falconer added: “If we can’t top-up our funds long-term we may struggle to provide this service at all in the future.”

Anyone who wants to help can phone Jason on (01253) 429579.