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Turkish Red Crescent Society Soup Kitchens SROI Report

Turkish Red Crescent Society Soup Kitchens SROI Report

“Turkish Red Crescent Society (TRCS) has been a major contributor to the operation of soup kitchens and food aid programs in Türkiye. In 2022, an average of 42,300 people benefited from 33 TRCS soup kitchens and 12,605,506 plates of meals were distributed in total (TRCS Annual Activity Report, 2022).

While measuring the impact of the TRCS soup kitchens, SROI analysis is used as a framework. The SROI analysis used here is Evaluative and covers 13 domestic fixed TRCS soup kitchens’ 1 year operation period from October 2022 to September 2023. The focus of the analysis is basically to understand the changes that stakeholder groups have experienced. In TRCS Soup Kitchens SROI Report, two phases of data collection were conducted; firstly, a qualitative phase in which a sample from stakeholder groups were involved in conversations, and then a quantitative phase in which a larger sample of main beneficiary group were involved.”

“One of the notable results of the research is that 63% of the beneficiaries prefer regular cash payment/shopping card or food materials as a form of alternative food aid. This group gives much more value to cook their meals at home and according to their taste preferences/diets. For this reason, they prefer to be provided with financial support rather than ready-cooked hot meal help. By selecting alternative food aid activities at the tactical level, TRCS can diversify its service and in this way, optimise impacts on wellbeing for all materially affected stakeholders.

The SROI ratio of the study was found as 1:1.63. That means for every 1 TRY invested for TRCS soup kitchens, 1.63 TRY of social value is created each year for stakeholders. This result shows that TRCS soup kitchens created added value and achieved their short, medium, and long-term goals of Theory of Change.

This report is the first social impact measurement of the TRCS soup kitchens. As it is the first evaluation analysis, the main aim was to develop the framework for future systematic data collection. Through illustrating what outcomes are most important to stakeholders, this study can help TRCS soup kitchens to put actions in place where it matters, to continue to increase and maximise the positive social value created.”