About Us

Mission statement

Hope for Food’s mission is to assist men, women and children in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas, who are either homeless or living in poverty. We provide fresh food at our community meals and parcels of food, good quality clothing, bedding and household goods, where needed. We aim to preserve the dignity of those we try to help and treat everyone with the utmost respect and without judgement. We try to help anyone who reaches out to us in need.

Where we began

Hope for Food is a local Bournemouth based charity founded by Claire Matthews in 2012 with the aim of providing life’s basic essentials to people finding themselves in need of help due to the prevailing economic climate at that time. Set up and run entirely by volunteers, we originally operated a soup kitchen from the Winter Garden’s car park in Bournemouth town centre until 2014, when the death of a 42 year old man in the doorway of St Andrew’s URC, prompted the church to offer us assistance.


Since then, the charity has grown and adapted in response to the crisis of poverty and homelessness that continues to this day, even helping to feed the homeless in hostels and hotels, and families in need during the Covid 19 Pandemic. We are still run solely by volunteers and receive no funding from either central or local Government.