What is the MK Soup Run?

The Soup Run operates five evenings a week on the streets of Central Milton Keynes serving soup, hot drink, sandwiches and other food items to the homeless and needy in our city.

After preparing the soup, hot water and sandwiches we visit three different places at set times each evening. These are:

› 7.30pm outside the railway station side of Argos in Grafton Gate.

› 8.00pm outside Iceland food store in the Food Centre, Avebury Boulevard.

› 8.30pm outside the JobCentre in Midsummer Boulevard.

You will see that we are NOT a Soup Kitchen – we do not serve from a warm indoor venue. Rather we go out on the streets in all kinds of weather – rain or shine, cold or hot.

The Soup Run has been operating for a decade and in the time since we have seen the number of clients increase dramatically as number of homeless in our city has gone up and those in work have increasingly found it difficult to make ends meet.

We always welcome donations of non-perishable goods, especially tomato and chicken soup, jars of coffee, teabags, disposable cups or financial contributions. If you are interested in helping in this way please contact us here.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our How to Become a Volunteer page.

McColl’s gives some Christmas joy for Milton Keynes homeless

Christmas for Milton Keynes homeless and needy will be a bit brighter thanks to McColl’s newsagents.

Just a small selection of the items donated by McColl’s

The Ampthill branch of the nationwide chain donated whole range of items including boxes of mince pies, chocolate bars, boxes of teabags, biscuits and sweets to be distributed via the MK Soup Run.

Manager of McColl’s, Ampthill, Geoff Steel said funds were raised to enable the donations by holding a sponsored event with member of staff, Kieran Richardson, dressing up as Elsa from the children’s film, Frozen, for the day and attending the town’s Christmas lights switch on.

Geoff added that the shop also organised a children’s lucky dip as well as selling hot drinks and bacon rolls plus running a raffle. His mother made cakes and mince pies for the lights event.

“Our customers and my staff know that the food tea coffee etc will be given to those people that need it. We thought the chocolate and mince pies would be a pleasant extra and we would love to do more.

“We still have a food bin set up in our shop where customers and staff add food items to. We even have a family whose children, each week leading up to Christmas, are buying a food item with their pocket money and adding it to our food bin.”

In addition to the Soup Run the shop has also donated food to the local Food Bank.

An MK Soup Run spokesperson said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of McColl’s, their customers and the people of Ampthill. The items that have been donated will help Christmas be much brighter for our clients who cannot afford these luxuries that most of us take for granted during the festivities. We cannot thank McColl’s enough.”