La Soupe is a social enterprise whose mission is to bridge the gap between food insecure families and preventing food from hitting the landfill. La Soupe rescues fresh produce, transforms it into nutritious soupes and sides, and shares that with our hungry neighbors. La Soupe has a team of volunteers who go to various Kroger locations, Jungle Jim’s and Pipkins to bring car loads of fresh produce to La Soupe. It is sorted, washed and then used in a creative way to produce food for both customers and hungry families and their children.
The Bucket Brigade started so that La Soupe could include local restaurants in the movement. Talented chefs use their own excess, or the food La Soupe rescues, to make soupes or prepared meals.
Cincinnati Gives a Crock cooking clubs exist in 2 schools, 1 woman’s shelter, and will soon be helping Villedge - a non-profit helping kids who are in the custody of Jobs and Family Services. Each week the students are taught basic knife skills and how to read recipes, manipulate spices and recognize product. They go home with prepped foods to cook in their crock pot which will feed a family of 6.
La Soupe focuses on feeding students who rely on free and reduced breakfast and lunch for their meals. At the end of each week. 455 “souper sacks” are sent home so that these children can enjoy a quart of soupe, fresh bread and danish, along with fruit, over the weekend.
In the first six months of 2016, La Soupe has rescued 35,300 pounds of produce and has given 2,010 gallons of soupe to people in our community who are hungry. The Bucket Brigade supplied La Soupe with 580 gallons of soupe to distribute. www.lasoupecincinnati.com