Soup kitchen to close for second time

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A soup kitchen in Sligo is facing closure for a second time in six months.

The Twist soup kitchen on High Street is to close it’s doors in two weeks following their failure to pay an outstanding electricity bill which is understood to have amounted to €3,400.

The premises was due to shut it’s doors on Tuesday morning, but an agreement to remain open for another week was reached, explained Oliver Williams who set up the kitchen in January 2013.

“It’s not closed. They (ESB) were going to shut off our electricity this morning (Tuesday) at 10.30am but we managed to re-negotiate to remain open for another week to try and raise the amount overdue.”

The kitchen is a service which provides soup, sandwiches, tea and coffee six days a week for for people who have fallen on hard times.

Mr Williams succeeded in keeping Twist open in the face of uncertainty before Christmas and is determined to re-open the outlet he describes as “vital to the community” in the near future.

“We can afford to pay our ESB bill on a weekly basis and it is an outstanding bill that has simply caught up with us and has now become unmanageable. We have had some positive calls, the local Lions club want to help us and we are appealing to the people of Sligo to get behind us and keep the kitchen open.”

Anyone who wishes to support the soup kitchen can contact Oliver directly on 087-7773845 or visit www.twistsoupkitchen.org.

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