Corona Kitchen – Closed Permanently August 31st, 2021

Corona-Kitchen-Eden-Centre-June-2020-Image Copyright Northamptonshire-Telegraph June 2nd, 2020 Corona Kitchen at Eden Centre, Kettering. Image Copyright Northamptonshire Telegraph, June 2nd, 2020.

Following the closure in March of most of the free food outlets available to people in need, including St Edward’s Soup Kitchen, we decided to set up a new food kitchen operating out of the Eden Centre in Montagu Street. The kitchen opened on Wednesday 25th March,2020 and the number of guests has been increasing every week.  We see a lot of familiar faces from our own soup kitchen, but also a variety of other people who are finding today’s health and economic situation very challenging.

We are open Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri from 4-5pm and are now serving over 100 meals every day. We have 2 chefs from the Sonora Mexican Kitchen next door who prepare the food, with Frank, Hilary and 2 other volunteers packing and serving. Guests receive a hot meal, sandwich, crisps, cake and a drink to take away. We also provide food parcels from food items donated each week by Fare Share, local supermarkets and the Food Bank.

Funding has been provided primarily by the Northamptonshire Community Foundation with additional donations from other local individuals.

We look forward to seeing all our volunteers again before too long and to welcoming our guests back to the St Edward’s Soup Kitchen.

Hilary and Frank Rodgers

A list of free food outlets in Kettering can be found here: Kettering Food Outlets Virus Update no30


The Corona Kitchen has moved venue,  serving takeaways from the Fuller Baptist Church Cafe on Newland Street. Serves from 4pm to 5.00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

The opening times remain the same 4 – 5 pm,  Mon, Tues, Wed, and Fri.


The Corona Kitchen is closing permanently, the final meals will be given out on Tuesday 31st August. St Edward’s soup kitchen will reopen every Tuesday from Tuesday 7th September. Thank you to everyone who has supported Corona Kitchen over the last 17 months, it has been a pleasure serving our guests and we will continue to support them on a weekly basis from St Edward’s. – Frank Rodgers