Become a Soup Sister or Broth Brother With Plum

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When it comes to meals, is there nothing more satisfying than a hearty bowl of soup to get you through the day? It’s warm, it fills you up and you’re usually ready to face the rest of the day with a smile on your face. Founder of the Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers social enterprise, Sharon Harpton, would say, “Soup is like a warm hug in a bowl.”

 

What if you could give that ‘warm hug in a bowl’ to a woman and child seeking solace from an abusive intimate partner relationship, by simply making soup?

Soup Sisters Lethbridge launched April 13, 2015 in partnership with Plum Restaurant and in support of Blackfoot Family Lodge, YWCA Harbour House and Wood's Homes. The first batch of nearly 150 servings of soup was delivered fresh to Harbour House and prepared by the Lethbridge Inaugural Soup Sisters.

 

“I am always looking for the right way to give back to our community,” explains Erica Pyska, owner of Plum restaurant. Often times with charitable gifts, business owners and staff are unable to see the affect their donations have. Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers was a charity that allowed for their staff to see what their contributions looked like. “I was really looking for a charity opportunity that could come into Plum, bring their energy into our restaurant, and weave themselves in the tapestry of Plum and Soup Sisters was the perfect fit.”

 

Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers is a non-profit charitable social enterprise dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth through the making, sharing and donating of soup.

 

Soup Sisters & Brother Brothers was founded in 2009 by Calgarian Sharon Hapton, who was at the festivities at Plum to kick off the inaugural Lethbridge’ Soup Sisters night. Sharon had a very simple belief in the power of soup as a nurturing and nourishing gesture that could make a tangible difference. Sharon believes that two of societies most prevalent issues, domestic abuse and youth homelessness would benefit from the care and warmth that comes in a bowl of soup. A powerful message that says 'we care' is now being delivered to over 30 residential shelters across the country through homemade delicious soup made with the finest ingredients. Three of the 30 residential shelters reside right here in Lethbridge.

 

The concept of Soup Sisters & Broth Brothers is rather simple. It’s a year-round program where each participant pays a $55 registration fee to join in a soup-making event at a local professional kitchen under the guidance of a chef facilitator. Each event produces approximately 150-200 servings of nourishing soup that are delivered fresh to a local shelter. The Lethbridge event, held at Plum, came alive with conversation, vegetable chopping, laughter and warm kitchen camaraderie followed by a simple, sit-down supper of soup, salad, bread and wine for all that participated.

 

“This is so much more than a once a month event where people come together to help others,” says Erica. “This is an opportunity where our regular customers and friends of Plum can meet and continue relationships after the nights event.”

 

Capacity for the monthly Soup Sisters events at Plum restaurant is 20 people. If you’re interested in signing up for a night of helping others in need register early at http://www.soupsisters.org/bookings.php?city=lethbridge as the spaces will fill up fast.

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Friday, April 17, 2015