Malta’s Franciscan Order has taken it upon itself to open up a soup kitchen in Valletta to the poor people suffering in silence in the capital city.
The kitchen will be based in St Ursula Street, and the order’s vicar provincial Fr. Marcellino Micallef confirmed with Lovin Malta that all planning permits have been obtained and that the project will open in September
It will originally open three days a week, but will eventually expand its operations to five days a week. Further details will be announced at a press conference that has been scheduled for a month’s time.
Malta has in recent years enjoyed record economic growth and its economy was recently ranked as statistically the fastest-growing in the EU. Yet Micallef warned that the island is also facing a serious poverty problem, bubbling just below the surface.
“Poverty is a graver problem in Malta than one would imagine, people knock on our doors for help everyday,” Micallef said.
The Valletta soup kitchen will be the second of its type in Malta, after Dar Papa Frangisku opened its doors in Fleur-de-Lys as a collaboration between the government, Caritas and the Alf Mizzi Foundation.