Hope for Food is a local charity based in Bournemouth set up and run entirely by Volunteers. The organisation was founded by Claire Matthews in 2012 with the aim of providing life’s basic essentials on a day to day basis to people in need of help due to the current economic climate. Originally we operated the soup kitchen from the Winter Garden’s car park in Bournemouth town but in 2014 after a the death of 42-year-old man in the doorway of Richmond Hill St Andrew’s the church offered to assist. We also run from St Alban’s Church Hall once at the weekend.

Our volunteers prepare fresh soup, a variety of hot meals, a selection of sandwiches and cake and bring them to our soup kitchen to serve fresh. We also serve hot tea and coffee and a cold drinks.


We run four soup kitchens a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday & Sunday evenings and we also have a stock of food items, clothes, shoes and bedding donated by our supporters.

We also distribute surplus food donated by Marks and Spencer Bournemouth and Westbourne via neighbourly.com and from Waitrose Winton.

We serve between 65 and 85 clients each session. Our principle aim is to ensure that homeless and disadvantaged people in Bournemouth get some hot food and drinks each week, throughout the year, whatever the weather conditions.

We have a small but loyal team of dedicated volunteers. We operate our soup kitchens 4 days per week, 52 weeks per year; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings. This is a substantial year round commitment.

We also aim to try and bring a little happiness back into the lives of people who perhaps, through no fault of their own, find themselves without things most of us take for granted, such as food and shelter.