Soup Kitchen Review #1

This series of soup kitchen reviews begins at “The Blue Door Drop-in Centre” situated at Ainslie Village. Located only a stone’s throw away from Limestone Avenue, one is immediately greeted by an overwhelming sense of tranquility upon entering the village.

I wandered slowly toward “The Blue Door Drop-in Centre” where I was welcomed by several patrons relaxing casually on the verandah. After I made my way inside I sat down for what I hoped to be a delicious meal.

No table service here, instead food is lined along the wall allowing patrons to choose for themselves. For my lunch I decided on soup and bread; admittedly they were the only things available but nevertheless they both looked very inviting. Soup was served in a polystyrene cup with bread laid out beside it. The soup was surprisingly warm even though I had arrived toward the end of lunch. Delicious and chunky were two thoughts that sprang to mind when dipping my buttered bread into my soup that was littered with fragrant and tasty chunks of meat.

It”s hard to go wrong with instant tea and coffee and “The Blue Drop-in Centre” is no different. The coffee was hot and sweet, which is good enough for me.

Also located at Ainslie Village is “The Lodge” which is where most of “The Blue Door Drop in Centres” patrons come from. Funded by the ACT mental health services through ACT health and community care, their aim is to provide long term residential support to males over 18 years of age who suffer from dual diagnosis including mental health and drug and alcohol issues.

The drop in centre is open for lunch everyday from 9am -2pm Monday ” Friday and 12pm ” 3pm on Saturday

2 Responses to “Soup Kitchen Review #1”

  1. How many soup kitchens are there?

    Oh, and do you need to make a reservation at the drop-in centre?

  2. According to this page, as long as you can get around there is free food available practically all day, every day of the week.

    No, reservations are not required. I had no reservations about going there at all.