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For almost 34 years, St. George’s Soup Kitchen has been serving hot meals every Saturday. Guests often wait two or more hours before our door even opens, on cold and rainy days, arriving from their homes or the street.
Volunteers arrive at 3:00 p.m. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. and from then on it’s a constant flow of guests. Some require assistance maneuvering wheel chairs or canes as they fill their tray and find a seat. At 5:00 p.m. everything is cleared up and put away.
Sadly, some weeks people forget. There’s no food, or not enough, and the church administrator and parishioners scramble to make it happen. Ideal solution? Volunteers bring and serve the meal. Some weeks that’s the case, but not all of them.
“Right now, we have 15 Saturdays in 2019 without an outside group providing food and/or volunteers,” says Jordan Gracie, parish administrator. “It would be wonderful to have more volunteers and volunteer groups participate.”
If your business, corporation or group would like to start 2019 doing something gratifying and needed, St. George’s would be happy to hear from you. When you do, be prepared for, “Could I have seconds? I haven’t eaten in three days.”
“God bless ‘ya!”