Soups and broths
Soup for the poor
Patrick Colquhoun from Dumbarton set up the first British soup kitchens in London in the 1790s.
He aimed to provide temporary relief to the poor and educate them in making nutritious soups of meat and vegetables at little cost.
The Aberdeen Soup Kitchen was established as a charity to feed the needy in 1800. It operated until the 1990s, when it was converted to a café, as its original purpose was thought no longer necessary.
Today food banks operate throughout Britain supplying donations of food to those in need. Tins and packets of soup are greatly appreciated.
Aberdeen Soup Kitchen, around 1980. By permission of Aberdeen City Libraries.