Essex: Peer’s soup kitchen in House of Lords

IT’s certainly not something you’d expect to see in the House of Lords.

But Essex peer Baroness Anne Jenkin has set up her very own soup kitchen selling a three-course lunch for just 33p.

Lady Anne, wife of local MP Bernard Jenkin, is joining thousands of people across the country who are living on one pound per day for all food and drink to draw attention to and raise money for those that live in extreme poverty around the world.

The five-day challenge has seen Lady Anne come up with cheap, filling meals including vegetable soup, sandwiches and rice pudding being served to 10 members of Parliament who are all taking part.

“It’s been a little harder for the men to get full from one pound’s worth of food a day. One member has even lost seven pounds. But it’s been going well so far and I’ve had no complaints,” said Lady Anne.

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The Live Below the Line campaign has been set up by the Global Poverty Project, of which Lady Anne is on the advisory board and is supported by Hollywood actor Hugh Jackman.

“I have embraced the challenge and spent a lot of time researching what food to buy. It’s a very good way to raise awareness and get an inkling of what the challenges are for many others,” she added.

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Lady Anne has raised over �5,000 so far which will go to the international youth charity Restless Development.

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