“Without the Soup Run, I would have starved; I’d probably be dead by now. It was the only way I had to get food.”
Since 1971 a team of dedicated part-time volunteers have helped ensure the Soup Run is open and available every night of the year. The Soup Run was Cork Simon’s first service back in 1971 and can often be the first point of contact for people who become homeless in Cork.
879 different people used the Soup Run in 2015 a fall of 7% compared to 2014, but a 15% increase compared to 2013. A total of 9,901 hot meals were served.
The Soup Run offers hot nourishing food, blankets and warm clothing where needed, and a friendly listening ear. Working with our Outreach Team, the Soup Run can help quickly identify people who may be sleeping rough, or who have just become homeless, and people at risk of losing their homes. In all cases the Outreach team works quickly to ensure people have access to the most appropriate service – whether that be a bed in the emergency shelter, an appointment with the health team, a referral to the Youth Homeless Drug Prevention Project or an appointment with other more appropriate services in Cork.
Many of the people the Soup Run meets are isolated with little or no social support networks, are vulnerable and excluded and at risk of becoming homeless.
Throughout 2015 the Soup Run met an average of 27 people per night. Almost one third were in private rented housing – people who had nothing left for food and other essentials once the rent was paid. They are on the very edge of homelessness.