Soup kitchen hosts Christmas dinner
By Russ Edem 530News
This time of the year people are busy with holiday shopping and spending time with family and friends and this can cause some to go unnoticed that don’t have the pleasure of company during the holidays or even a warm meal.
But with the help of volunteers at the Hungry Heart Soup Kitchen, these hurting souls were provided a holiday meal, fellowship and, most importantly, a place to be warm on Friday, Dec. 23.
The Soup Kitchen will provide a Christmas meal and presents along with something a little special this year. Thanks to an anonymous donor, all who attend will receive food baskets.
“I love the soup kitchen,” Central Kansas Dream Center Director Kimberly Becker said. “The soup kitchen is what I like to call our funnel to help the hurting, the hungry and the needy. Once they are here, we can meet with them and help with some of their problems they are facing, and the food baskets just add that little extra help.”
The meal includes all the fixings found in a traditional Christmas dinner — ham, stuffing, vegetables, rolls, potatoes, salad and desserts. The baskets will include nonperishable food items like nuts and canned goods, and other things that people living in their vehicles, living in lean-to shelters along the river or living in other shelters are able to enjoy regardless of access to refrigeration.
“We are very thankful to our anonymous donor for providing the means to furnish these food baskets and being able to help so many people within the community that are going through rough times this holiday season.
We hope these baskets brings joy to many hearts,” Becker said.
The Christmas dinner was not the only meal provided this holiday season.
“We always provide a meal on the holidays and this year we had over 178 people for the Thanksgiving Day dinner, which grew from last year’s dinner,” Becker said.
At the soup kitchen, meals are provided five days a week. According to Becker, they average around 50 to 70 people on a daily basis for lunch. The kitchen is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and they serve a hot lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On holidays the kitchen is open from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The kitchen is here for everyone. There is no criteria to come get a meal from the kitchen,” Becker said. “We encourage people from all walks of life to come out enjoy a meal and fellowship with other people in the community. We are here to help in any way we can.”
Other services the kitchen provides to people going through hard times include emergency groceries; help with rent, utilities and deposits; emergency one-night shelter; bus tickets; help with budgeting resources; fuel for their vehicles and some clothing.
For more information about the soup kitchen or to learn more about the programs offered, contact Becker at 620-282-4014.