Each and every Friday evening between 19:00 – 20:30, we invite guests into our Ancoats base where we serve them with a hot and nutritious meal. Typically we serve up to 90 people who live on the streets, in hostels, temporary accommodation or who are simply struggling to survive in their current situations.
From the Soup Run, we are able to signpost to Mustard Tree premises during the week to receive blankets and warm clothes, or to other organisations for advice and support. Whilst the provision of food and drink is essential, the Soup Run also offers an opportunity to listen to and befriend those who attend.
For volunteers who help on the soup runs, it is also a chance for them to express care and support in a practical way to people who often feel marginalised and unappreciated. Many of our soup run clients struggle with mental health issues, addictions or simply loneliness. Mustard Tree is a Manchester City Council approved ‘Street Support Provider’. We typically recruit every 3-4 months so please do check our volunteering page to find out if there are any opportunities are available.
We are moving our clients away from the Food Bank model towards our Food Club, which provides a food basket of 10 items for a membership fee of £2 per week, by redistributing surplus food stocks through Fareshare. If you would like to become a member of the Food Club, you will need to register as a client of Mustard Tree first and then let a member of the team know you would like to start your membership. In order to become a client, we ask that you are referred to us by another organisation such as Manchester City Council, Jobcentre Plus or the Citizens Advice Bureau.
If you are not connected to another organisation and don’t have a support worker, please give us a call on 0161 850 2282 to book an appointment to come in and see one of the team.