Soup kitchens are known the world over for offering a warm plate of food to the hungry.
Observatory has always been a little left-of-centre and so we evolved the concept to create the Obs Pasta Kitchen.
Every Wednesday at 6pm we offer a hot bowl of pasta to the many needy residents (often homeless) and passers-through in Observatory. But more than providing a meal it’s about creating connections with the people on the streets and developing a long-term strategy to help elevate their lives.
Not just a “soup kitchen”
“Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime.”
A known dilemma of charity organisations is that handouts solve short-term problems but perpetuate longer term ones. To truly help the homeless and needy our goal should be to empower these people to help themselves.
So while the Obs Pasta Kitchen solves the short-term problem of hungry bellies, we have a higher purpose and long-term plan.
The Obs Pasta Kitchen is not just about handouts. This is more than a plate of food but an introduction to a long-lasting relationship.
Our volunteers will not only be handing out food but engaging with our guests. We are offering emotional support and an ear to listen with the aim of discovering how we can help these people more.
We would like to make ourselves available to change these people’s lives, to ultimately help them get off the street. It’s the opportunity for them to introduce themselves and share a load. It’s about acknowledging the co-existence of each other in this community. It’s about giving those often ignored the time of day and the dignity we all deserve.
We want to understand the issues at play, how we can help, what skills we can share, and how we can get these people off the street one phase at a time.
The Obs Pasta Kitchen offers a plate of food with a side-helping of hope for a better future.
Donations of spaghetti & tinned tomatoes can be dropped off at Ferdinandos pizza 205 Lower main road Observatory from Tuesday to Saturday from 3pm till late or at Easi-Print next door if we out. Please join us serving the pasta from 6pm every Wednesday or come help prep from 5:15pm.
Join us on our Working Wednesday where we create a day of work for the homeless who want to earn vouchers for needs such as clothing etc. We start by choosing a site in Obs to clean and spend the day weeding, cleaning and beautifying the area. Volunteers are needed to supervise and help make lunch, capture the wishes and help fund-raise for the needs of the homeless. Every Wednesday we meet at 10am and end the day at 4pm. A couple hours of your time would be greatly appreciated and any skills you have could be used towards making this day more exciting, think informative talks and spreading your joy!
Learn more about us on Facebook - Obs Pasta Kitchen or contact me Kiki for more info on 0847710485