Do we have anything like this in Geelong? If so, we need to do a story on them.
Humans In Melbourne · Repost
This is the story of a little soup shop in Melbourne that makes a lot of lives better every day. But you’ve probably never heard of it…
In Centre Place, about half way down, you will come across “The Soup Place”. Out the front, you’ll see the big black kettles full of tasty soup. You will also see lots of post-it notes and that’s where the story really starts.
George, the manager, saw a pizza place in New York that allowed patrons to buy slices for the homeless. They would write their name and a little message on the note and then homeless people could come in and have a slice for free. George decided to bring this idea to Melbourne and now OVER 6,000 bowls of soup have been served to the less fortunate. People pay $3.50 for a bowl of soup that usually costs $7.50. They write on a post-it note, sometimes it’s just their name, other times it’s words of kindness like “Be safe tonight, you are important”. Everyday those that can’t afford a meal come and get a bowl of soup and some bread and when they do, a post-it note goes from the fridge to the bowls on top of the fridge to show how many people have been fed. Brilliant.
Today I saw 3 gentleman John, Dave and Tony digging into their soups.
“How is it gents?”
“Bloody delicious” Dave smiled.
I asked Tony how it felt to know that people care.
“You have no idea mate. It means the world.”
*I first told the story of The Soup Place two years ago today. In the days that followed hundreds and then thousands of post-it notes went up on the wall. It has been covered ever since. Today I spoke to George, the manager, and he told me that since then over 40,000 serves have been dished out to those who need it most in Melbourne! 40,000!
Melbourne, you’re amazing… and I love you.
Story and Photo: Humans In Melbourne Facebook page.