Cook shares love with community
Julie King knows what it's like to be hungry so she's making sure other Kiwis don't have to suffer.
The Tokoroa resident is behind Love Soup - an initiative rolled out in Tokoroa and Rotorua offering soup to the hungry and now wants to extend it to West Auckland.
"I grew up out west and remember as an 11-year-old praying for money to buy food," she says.
She hopes to establish the soup kitchen out west by the end of January next year but needs a team of volunteers and businesses on board to make it possible.
"It's through the kindness of others that has made Love Soup happen.
"People have been so enthusiastic and I'm sure the west will be too," says Mrs King.
Love Soup was established in Tokoroa in August this year after Mrs King saw a need for it in her community and it benefits about 40 people a week.
"It's a place where people are welcome to come along and be fed.
"We want to avoid the stigma because a lot of people are afraid to come in sometimes but it's not religious based, it's just a place where we serve and help others," Mrs King says.
She says it's heartening seeing people come in and enjoy the soup.
"It's a beautiful experience and more than I could have hoped for.
Local business branches including Sanitarium, Fonterra and Countdown have jumped on board to donate items in Tokoroa and Rotorua and Mrs King wants to talk with any West Auckland businesses or volunteers willing to help out.
Call Mrs King on 022 074 95 26 or email julie@ lovesoup.co.nz to help.