A project launched in 2002 by employees of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia, “Soup Kitchen” is a charitable initiative that provides underprivileged citizens with warm meals during the cold winter months, from December to March.
With 150 beneficiaries in its early days, over 1,350 disadvantaged people in Sofia benefit today from a warm meal. Two other soup kitchen centers additionally serve 400 people in the city of Varna.
In Bulgaria’s capital Sofia, the project is developed in close cooperation with Sofia Municipality. Eligible beneficiaries of the project are people over 65 years old, single parents, and other individuals who find themselves in a financially disadvantaged situation.
The “Soup Kitchen” initiative is a part of the BNP Paribas Group’s global corporate philanthropy policy and is supported by BNP Paribas Foundation.
A joint effort project
The lists of beneficiaries are prepared by the municipal company called “Social Patronage” and the Directorate “Social Activities” of Sofia Municipality. These two entities also manage the distribution of meals by providing the necessary cooking & distribution facilities and personnel for the distribution centers in Sofia.
In Varna, the social association “Saint Andrey” is a key partner. The Association provides the lists of the beneficiaries and organizes the food preparation and food distribution. With joint efforts, 400 fellow citizens in need receive warm meals on a daily basis at distribution points in Varna – restaurant “Vodolej” in Asparuhovo and restaurant “Evergreen” in Chaika.
The charitable undertaking is financed through donations of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch and its employees, and with the valuable support of other partners like International Women’s Club Sofia, Sofia France Auto, Dimatex, Renault Nissan, Ecopharm, Servier, Deloitte, Air France, St. Cyril & Methodius Foundation, Plastchim-T AD, Alcomet, CTN, BalkanStar and private donors.
One Day Out of the Orphanage
Socialization and integration are key factors for children from social institutions to become full value members of our society.
That is why in December 2007 the employees of BNP Paribas S.A. – Sofia Branch launched the initiative “One Day Out of the Orphanage”.
As part of this project, underprivileged children enjoy various socializing activities. These include taking children out and giving them the opportunity to experience what other children regularly enjoy: museums, circus, children’s theater, sports and a nice meal. The days out of the orphanage take place throughout the whole year.
The bank also buys activity toys and educational equipment for the orphans.