The Mensa dei Poveri (Soup Kitchen)

The IW Club of Torino Europea (District 204, Italy, have been assisting with the Mensa dei Poveri (Soup Kitchen), managed by the “Fraternity of Friars Minor” - Convent of Saint Anthony in Turin, welcomes every day 100 people for lunch; there are men and women of various ages and nationalities.

 

The atmosphere is friendly, and many visitors are loyal for years to this place that is not only a distribution of free meals, but also an opportunity to break the loneliness and receive a smile. All the work is directed by a manager, assisted by about 60 volunteers who rotate in groups divided for each day of the week. In addition to the lunch served in a large hall, bags with a takeaway meal are offered at a number of people ranging from 80 to 150, every day, prepared the same morning by volunteers. It is about 47,000 meals a year that are distributed to anyone who knocks at the door of the convent.

Every Thursday afternoon, then, is distributed a package of food to needy families, mostly Nigerian and Moroccan, for a total of about 130 families helped.

The food is donated, in large part, by the Food Bank of Turin, by Ipercoop and private donors that help with food or monetary donations.

The donation has been delivered to Fra’ Marco (ambassador of peace around the world in his many travels and missionary experiences) and to Fra’ Davide (that accompanies the Franciscan Youth, the group of volunteers on Sunday, and proposes periods of retreat or itinerancy in poverty and joy).