Soup Kitchens are unfortunately an essential part of the community where work is scarce and often seasonal. They help in making the difference between a wretched existence and a future with some small hope. The Rotary Club of Stanford, with the much valued support of The Rotary Club of Claremont’s Outreach Grant, makes a tremendous difference to the lives of the poor, the sick and the unemployed who depend on a daily meal at the Soup Kitchens which the club support. As a small club of only nine members we simply don’t have the manpower to throw at every project, but we do have the experience to co-ordinate and empower the local community to help themselves. The main function of Stanford Rotary in supporting our local Soup Kitchens is the provision of food supplies and gas, and co-ordinating the efforts of those in the community who care enough to prepare the meals without financial reward. At present we offer approximately 450 meals per day (Monday to Thursday) with a different kitchen in operation each day. We also provide basic food items for a Food Bank (which operates on Fridays) to enable those in greatest need to have food over the weekends when the soup kitchens are closed.