A daily cup of soup for the homeless

2019-07-16 06:00

With the winter having reached its peak, many homeless people in the city centre don’t know where their next meal will come from or if they will be sleeping warm at night.

A restaurant owner took it upon himself to treat the homeless people with a hot cup (or two) of soup outside his restaurant daily.

The pot of soup, as well as disposable cups, are stationed outside Plant Café and when it runs out, another is put up to afford those who did not get any to help themselves.

Plant Café is on the corner of Buiten and Loop streets.

The idea came about when Pierre Lambret, the owner of the restaurant, saw one of the business owners having a weekly soup kitchen and decided to have a similar initiative. “This started about a month ago when winter crept in and it started getting colder. We decided to have a pot of soup for the homeless people,” Lambret said.

At first, the homeless did not know about the initiative and he had to go out and let them know about it. “Soon word got out and we saw more people coming for the cup of soup,” he added.

With more homeless people coming for the soup, it would soon run out and Lambret decided to add a second pot ... and eventually a third. Today, Plant Café makes as many pots of soup as required until 15:00 when people come back from work and visit the restaurant. “The idea is to feed as many homeless people as possible because they do not have it easy.”

The soup is prepared daily at the store, using leftover ingredients which, according to him, ensures that no food is wasted.

“When vegetables stay unused for too long, it gets spoiled and we have to throw it away. This soup initiative ensures that we do not waste any leftover ingredients.”

He said patrons of the restaurant found out about this initiative and posted it on social media, which got a lot of positive reaction from people.

One of his coffee suppliers was so impressed by this initiative that they even donated 2kg of coffee to go to the homeless, and promised to bring more.

“Another supplier has even offered to donate vegetables towards this initiative.”

Lambret mentioned that he sometimes also donates old clothes to the vagrants.

He plans to keep the initiative running until the end of winter or longer, depending on the availability of ingredients.

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