Sprowston greengrocers donating fresh ingredients to Norwich Soup Movement

Owners of Clova Greengrocers in Sprowston, Diana and Andy Ross. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Owners of Clova Greengrocers in Sprowston, Diana and Andy Ross. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE - Credit: SOPHIE WYLLIE

A new independent greengrocers is donating fresh produce to feed homeless and disadvantaged people.

Clova Greengrocers on Corbet Avenue, Sprowston, is giving away fruit and vegetables to the Norwich Soup Movement.

The non-profit organisation was set up three years ago and initially involved volunteers giving out cups of soup to people in need across the city.

It has since expanded and a variety of hot meals, from curry to fruit pies, are given out four nights a week on Norwich's Haymarket to hundreds of people.

Unsold produce from Clova Greengrocers, set up February, is used to create these dishes.

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Diana Ross, from Costessey, who helped set up Clova Greengrocers with her partner Andy, said: 'I know the number of homeless people is increasing so if we can help in this way, we feel better by doing it. Otherwise the produce would be utterly wasted.'

The food is collected from Clova Greengrocers four nights a week by soup movement volunteer Dee Jenner, a keen cook and cover teacher from Sprowston Community High School.

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Mrs Jenner, from Horsford, generally collects enough food from Clova Greengrocers each night to feed seven people.

She cooks the dishes in her kitchen.

Mrs Jenner, who collects the majority of her ingredients from two East of England Co-op stores, said: 'It is absolutely crucial we have the support from businesses like Clova Greengrocers. Somebody surviving outside in the cold needs lots of calories, good nutrients and hot food to keep warm. It is criminal to waste so much food when so many people can benefit from it.'

Visit www.facebook.com/soupysalvation to get involved in the Norwich Soup Movement.

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