Kimberley Ford’s love of cooking that goes back to her childhood. She believes in the power of a home-cooked meal to bring comfort in difficult times.
So it was no surprise that the mother of five turned to her kitchen for therapy after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after being involved in a serious car accident.
“I was afraid to get behind the wheel so I was home a lot, and I just started cooking and cooking,” says Ford.
She also began giving away meals – often homemade soups – to neighbours.
Her acts of kindness grew when she started offering soup on social media. Once the word got out about Ford’s delicious food, she received numerous requests for meals for those suffering or in need.
Now known as the Souper Lady, Ford caters meals for seniors and adults with disabilities, makes meals for Airdrie Angel recipients and for anyone going through a hard time. She and her husband also donated 32 hampers, with everything needed to make a Thanksgiving meal, to families.
Ford feels as if she was given a second chance at life and intends to continue making a difference.
“I am doing my best to ease the pressures of everyday life and tragic events,” says Ford. “Not only is cooking my therapy, but it makes me feel good to put a smile on people’s faces.”