Help needed for hot-soup program

Soupe de Tour looking for volunteers on Tuesday afternoons

More volunteers are needed for the Soupe de Tour program, which makes sure folks who need a warm meal in 100 Mile House can get some hot soup.

The Soupe de Tour program has been running locally for a number of years. The Canadian Mental Health Association-South Cariboo is overseeing the program this year and has hired Marnie Jensen to come in for a few hours a week as a co-ordinator to make sure the program is running smoothly.

“The volunteers, who have been there for years and years are amazing and really dedicated and go above-and-beyond,” Jensen says.

Currently, they are searching for more volunteers to help lighten the load.

“We have a great crew in the morning to make soup, but from 12:30 p.m. on, we’re frantically trying to cool down the soup because we have to get it down to 4 C fairly quickly.”

She says they have a bowl of soup at noon and then they have to start cleaning up.

“That’s the time most of our fabulous morning crew have to go because they have other commitments. So, we need people for the afternoon for cleanup and soup cooling; however, we will take anyone for any time of the day.”

Jensen says they start cooking in the Valley Room behind The Lodge in 100 Mile House on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m.

Anyone who wants to volunteer can call Jensen at 250-397-4144.

They currently receive produce donations from Safeway and Higher Ground Natural Foods in 100 Mile House, and the ice for soup cooling comes from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #260-100 Mile House.

However, the cooks also also need some donations of root vegetables and some beef bones.