Soup Sisters take to the streets

Soup Sisters is creating a stir in the community for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, which provides shelter and support services to women and children who have been impacted by any type of family or relationship abuse.

Neil Schroeter, local chef and owner of  Okanagan Street Food, and a team of fellow 'Soup Sisters' have donated over 200 servings of fresh homemade soup made from the heart and will be continuing to do so on monthly basis.

“Historically, women have expressed sensitivity and support by bringing soup to individuals going through a difficult time,” says Sharon Hapton, Soup Sisters’ founder.

“Our huge growth across the country tells us quite a lot about people in our communities and our innate need to give in meaningful and tangible ways.”

Soup Sisters
is a non-profit organization that invites chefs to share soup-making secrets while ladling up support for a good cause. 

This unique form of charity attracts those in the community who can resonate with the nurturing feeling that comes from cooking for another. 

A bowl of soup is like giving a hug.

The recent inaugural launch at Okanagan Street Food revolves around the making of four different and delicious soups under the guidance of Chef Neil.

The soups are packaged and delivered to The Kelowna Women’s Shelter fresh off the stove.

Laura Banman, who has been working with the shelter for 30 years, was bubbling over with the initial news of the program.

“This is very exciting,” says Banman.

“It is amazing to receive an expression of support that is so generous.”

She says this is 'a direct outpouring of caring' and it is wonderful for 'the women and children to know that a group from their community is supporting them this way, and to this extent.'

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