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Where companionship is also a staff of life

London, 30 March 2015

It’s not so much the food, but the warmth of the environment which matters to our guests who come to the St James’s Spanish Place soup kitchen each Thursday. That said, we still prepare 15 litres of soup every week; 8 litres of tea; 8 litres of coffee, 200 sandwiches and salad boxes; yogurt with honey; sweet pastries and cakes. Sometimes volunteers cook and bring things. In the summer there’s an ice-cream each.

A combined project of the British Association, together with the Companions of the Order of Malta who lead the project, the Grand Priory of England and the OMV (Order of Malta Volunteers).

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The mission of the Order of Malta is inspired by its tradition of ‘Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum', to assist the poor and the sick, and bear witness to the Christian faith.


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