The ‘Mustard Seed’ Soup Kitchen (MSSK), was the ‘brain-child’ of the late Sister Irma Williams. Her vision was to create a place where people could ‘commune together, to nourish their bodies as well as their souls’ and signpost them to organisations and individuals that can assist in improving their situations. Initially based at Mt Zion Church on Pasture Road MSSK is fully self-funded. We are fortunate to receive financial and practical assistance from individuals and Neruka's our sister soup kitchen. Additionally we are very appreciative of weekly food donations from KFC, Pret A Manger,
Nandos and Tesco. We hope to encourage other organisations to help us in this worthy cause.
Since Irma’s sad passing in 2016,her sisters Amogene and Joyce, together with their good friend Irene, and several friends and volunteers, carry on Irma’s legacy.
This legacy, and what ‘MSSK’ continues to do is to provide a safe venue where people in need, be they homeless or just down on their luck, can come and eat a hot meal and have some to take away for later. The attendees share their blessings of knowledge and experience with each other. In doing so, we encourage charity and community cohesion, aim to help break societal boundaries as rich and poor, young and old gather together to share a meal, experiences, advice, make friends.
We also offer our attendees practical guidance and help, be it a listening ear or signposting them to relevant organisations, for example, Children’s centres, Debt advising centres and housing assistance. Nourishment of both the body and the soul, is the central and shared common denominator with respect to MSSK.
In addition to what ‘MSSK’ is doing in Leeds, UK, we are also affiliated with a project in Kitale, Kenya, called the ‘Build Mount Zion Project’. The Project's goal is to fund and build a primary school in that impoverished area in Kenya. This project is headed by Irene Johnson. We have so far succeeded in building one classroom which services around one hundred and fifty pupils. Towards this, Irene bakes and sells cakes and pastries to restaurants around Leeds, with all the proceeds going towards the ‘Build Mt Zion Project’.
The Mustard Soup Kitchen is currently located at Prince Phillips Centre, Scott Hall Avenue LS7 2HJ and is open every Tuesday 12pm – 2pm.
All are welcome to come and commune with us.